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Tim Nikiforuk
PIR and Fine Art & Graphic Design Coordinator
Arts & Sciences
Art & Design
Gate House

    Artist Statement

    Currently my work is focused on the exploration of the real. I create paintings that reference only themselves and their intrinsic value rather than any metaphor, image or existing object.  As the maker I determine a paintings material qualities based on my own insight, experiences and taste. The audience is then free to interpret the meaning and significance of my work through the lens of their own sensibilities, understanding and desires.

    In pushing the boundaries of painting as a “thing in the world”, I incorporate the use of a variety of non-traditional media and support surfaces.  Silicon, gels, experimental pigments and additives are all part of the ingredients I employ to bring my work to fruition. 




    Tim Nikiforuk (Canada, 1975) received his MFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) and his BFA in Painting from the University of Calgary (Calgary, Canada). Tim has exhibited widely in a number of venues throughout the US and Canada.

    Tim has taught at the post-secondary level for eleven years, seven of those being with the University of New Haven. Serving the UNH Art program, Tim has taught a range of studio courses such as: Painting I & II, Drawing I & II, Figure Drawing I, Introduction to Art and Visual Thinking. Currently, Tim is the department coordinator for the art & graphic design programs.