Originally trained as a muralist, Tim began experimenting with digital media platforms in the late ‘90s. He has since mastered a variety of tools, from gaming software to 3-D animation, and he has used them to make art that investigates the social and economic impact of America’s rapid de-industrialization. He creates haunting, postapocalyptic urban landscapes, often seen from an aerial perspective – depictions of worlds in which industrial culture has come and gone, leaving certain classes and communities blighted in its wake.
Tim Portlock recently joined the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a Nelson Scholar. A joint hire between the Nelson Institute and the School of Education’s Art Department, he will work to open new doors between environmental scholarship and creative arts.
Most recently, Portlock served on the faculty of Washington University in Saint Louis’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, as the chair of and a professor in the undergraduate art program. He has previously taught at Hunter College SUNY and l’Université Paris-Sorbonne and has shown his award-winning work in galleries both nationally and internationally.
Tim is a 2023 Louisville Photo Biennial Participant