It’s Master Time

By: Kathy Kelsey Foley, director on March 11th, 2020

Timothy David Mayhew, Frontal Study of a Long-billed Curlew, 2012, natural black, red, yellow, and white chalk on handmade gray wove paper, Woodson Art Museum collection

Master Time? Yes. Time to announce the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s 2020 Birds in Art Master Artist.

In tandem with the 2020 exhibition, the Woodson Art Museum will honor Timothy David Mayhew with the Master Wildlife Artist Medal.

A Master in the Renaissance sense of the word, Timothy’s studio practice incorporates mediums and processes favored by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo.

From his preference for completing studies in oil, referred to as dipinti preparatori, to his use of natural quarried chalks to create preparatory drawings or disegni preparatori, Timothy’s reverence for Old Master techniques also has led to his recognition as a scholar in this field of study.

Since his Birds in Art debut in 2010, Timothy’s artwork, whether oil paintings or natural chalk drawings, has dazzled Museum visitors.

Fifteen artworks created over the past ten years and not previously exhibited at the Woodson Art Museum comprise Timothy’s Master Artist exhibition, a component of the 2020 Birds in Art exhibition. All fifteen artworks will be reproduced in the Birds in Art catalogue, including an essay chronicling Timothy’s career.

Join me in a celebratory toast to 2020 Master Artist Timothy David Mayhew!

Timothy David Mayhew, Goose Down, 2018, oil on Belgian linen, Woodson Art Museum collection


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