As a modern British painter Woolcock's landscapes have often been described as mystical in their composition. He has always shown an affinity with Zen and this is reflected in most of his work. The strong pigments used in his oil colour have also made his work distinctive.
Between 1963 and 1970 he attended Arnold School in Blackpool. In 1971 he attended Roehampton Institute (London University) to study Philosophy and Art. From 1974 – 1986 he taught in London schools. Currently he lives part of the year on a farm in County Carlow Ireland where his studio is located. As a Modern British painter Tim Woolcock's landscapes have often been described as mystical in their composition. He has always shown an affinity with Zen and this is reflected in most of his work. The strong pigments used in his oil colour have also made his work distinctive. The London Times art critic Joanna Pitman wrote this about Tim Woolcock's style and influences: "The scale and proportions of his work present an internal harmony, and this mood is completed in the delicate balance between form and the exquisite colours he uses. We see lyrical lines and geometric fragmented shapes. Woolcock has seemed to show an interest in Cubism and a wonderful sense of contour and drama. There is a meditative serenity in his colour variations which perhaps reflects the contemplative personality of Woolcock himself and his landscapes evoke the beauty and grandeur of the Irish Countryside". Tim Woolcock is a fundamental Modern British artist painting in the tradition of the 1950s. His two themes are abstractions & landscape abstraction now based on his walks in Ireland and the surrounding countryside. He lives part of the year on a farm in County Carlow, where he has a studio, and is influenced by these local environs in his work. He uses Michael Harding pigments which are hand-made. He is a colourist & is in private collections both in the UK and internationally. Tim Woolcock grew up in Lancashire and attended The Roehampton Institute at the University of London, but his family’s roots are in Cornwall. His landscape abstractions and near-abstractions are made up of rich blocks of colour, which are often scratched or scored. Recent works have included oil on paper abstractions. He is influenced by abstract painters of the early 20th Century and Modern British painters of the 1950s. The work of St Ives-based Modern British artists such as Patrick Heron, William Scott and Ben Nicholson, are notable inspirations, although the pictures he paints are suffused with Woolcock’s own sense of colour. It is his rare clarity of vision that gives these pictures their strength and simplicity.
Constructivist Relief Works
“These Relief Works were made in my studio over an eight week period in Summer(2018) As we now live in a world of touch screens with their flat character I felt a need to produce works which had a much more tactile intimate quality. Movement through Urban Space would be perhaps an integral part of the Reliefs and I would hope they reflect the times in which we live. I have found in making them an effective expression of the Urban environment in which we live but it’s ironic that they were processed in a tranquil country setting in rural Ireland.There is a great deal of shadow and refracted light within these structures and the non static quality of this light reassures me that we live in a world of constant flux and change. The pieces reflect a structural process that was intuitively inspired using modern man made and natural materials such as oak and mahogany. Orthogonal features are imbued in the works with great effect and I hope there is no Academic inference or Mathematical formulae in the Reliefs.The enjoyment in making them has remained with me and I hope next year to continue by producing pieces on a larger scale.” - TIM WOOLCOCK, November 2018