My paintings are attempts to articulate in visual form, through symbolic and allegorical stories, a chaotic web of emotions and ideas that is at once deeply personal and about our universal condition. My work is part of a process of wrestling for self-discovery through autobiographical narratives, in many cases involving self-portraiture. Often the narratives are based on established stories or series from literary sources (e.g., Dante's Inferno, Homer's Odyssey, the Seven Deadly Sins). I interpret the sources in a way that allows me to refer to issues such as personal anxiety about the delicate nature of the body, the battle between the true self and the false self, feelings about my strict Calvinist upbringing, and/or the elusive task of personality integration. A common thread that carries through much of my work is a presentation of a world of contradictions, polarities, and paradox.

Education

  • 1986  Masters of Fine Arts, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
  • 1982  Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Art Education, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Selected Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

  • 2016  George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2015  Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2014  George Billis Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2013  Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD
  • 2012  Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2011  Mt. Comfort Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2010  College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
  • 2010  Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2008  Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2007  Judith Racht Gallery, Harbert, MI
  • 2006  Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2005  Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD
  • 2004  ArtLA (featured artist, Gescheidle Gallery), Los Angeles, CA
  • 2004  Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2004  Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2003  Signal 66 Gallery, Washington DC
  • 2002  Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2002  Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
  • 2001  Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmistburg, MD
  • 2001  Signal 66 Gallery, Washington, DC
  • 2001  Catholic University, Washington, DC
  • 2001  Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
  • 1999  Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD
  • 1999  Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
  • 1997  Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1996  Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
  • 1996  Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1995  Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2015  Context Art Fair, Miami, FL
  • 2014  Emerge Art Fair (with Alida Anderson Art Projects), Washington DC
  • 2014  "Zenith Zoo: Artistic Interpretations of our Planetary Partners," Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC
  • 2013  Affordable Art Fair (with Alida Anderson Art Projects), New York, NY
  • 2013  "In Three Moving Parts," Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
  • 2011  "SOot," "FOot," and "BOok," "SpOor," Oo Gallery, Kingston, NY
  • 2011  "The Artist's Daughter: Tribute to George Tooker," North Park University, Chicago, IL
  • 2011  "Anicomically Correct," Distinction Gallery, Escondido, CA
  • 2010  "A Jest in Time," Distinction Gallery, Escondido, CA
  • 2010  "A Mute of Hounds," Gallery Meltdown, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2009  "Gone to the Dogs," Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2009  "UpScale/DownSize," Willard Wankelman Gallery, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • 2008  "Mythonomy," The Spurious Fugitive, South Bend, IN
  • 2008  "Masks," Judith Racht Gallery, Harbert, MI
  • 2007  "The Art of Forgiveness: Images of the Prodigal Son," Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY
  • 2007  Bridge Art Fair, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2004  "Post-Mortem: & Away We Go," Signal 66 Gallery, Washington, DC
  • 2004  "Articulating the Intangible," Mclean Project for the Arts, Mclean, VA
  • 2003  "Through a Glass Darkly," First Presbyterian Church Gallery, Ft. Wayne, IN
  • 2002  "Wish You Were Here," Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2001  "Small Packages III," Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2001  "Contemporary Realism: A Survey of Washington Area Artists," The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA
  • 2000  "Small Packages," Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2000  "Shake the Coat," North Park University, Chicago, IL
  • 2000  "New Talent," Signal 66 Gallery, Washington DC
  • 2000  "Summer Show of Gallery Artists," Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1999  "Small Packages II," Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1999  "Drawing Invitational," Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1998  "Small Package," Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1998  "Progeny," North Park College, Chicago, IL
  • 1995  "Self-Portrait," Lyons-Weir Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1986  "The Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition," Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
  • 1982  "Bachelor of Arts Exhibition," Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Selected Bibliography

  • Gauss, Daniel. "Tim Vermeulen at George Billis Gallery." Arte Fuse. 26 Feb 2014: n. page. Web. 27 Feb. 2014.
  • Seed, John. "Tim Vermeulen: Speaking to Shared Experience." Huffington Post. (02/22/2014): n. page. Web. 24 Feb. 2014.
  • "Journeys Within the Mind." American Art Collector. Feb 2014: 142-143. Print.
  • Menendez, Didi. "Timothy Vermeulen." Poets and Artists Magazine. Apr 2012: n. page. Print.
  • Grossman, Dan. "Who Am I? Paintings by Tim Vermeulen," NUVO, June 29, 2011.
  • Viera, Lauren. "Gallery Hopping, from Albano to Zg," Chicago Tribune, January 15, 2010.
  • Hughes, Andrew S. "Italian Spurious," South Bend Tribune, December 5, 2009.
  • Brusic, Robert M. "And Grace Will Lead Me Home," Lutheran University Press, 2007.
  • O'Sullivan, Michael. "A Close Look Into a Broken Mirror," Washington Post, January 31, 2003.
  • Brunneti, John. "The Man-made Wildernesses of Tim Vermeulen", Catalogue essay for exhibition at Wood Street Gallery, September 2002.
  • Dawson, Jessica. "Vermeulen and Bolt at Signal 66," The Washington Post, April 19, 2001.
  • O'Sullivan, Michael. "New Talent at Signal 66," Washington Post, August 11, 2000.
  • Camper, Fred. "Slick and Twisted," Chicago Reader, Volume 25 (33), May 24, 1996.

Selected Collections

  • Dorothy Lichtenstein, New York, NY
  • Nick Cave, Chicago, IL
  • Irving Stenn, Chicago, IL
  • Howard A. Tullman, Evanston, IL
  • Dio Sumagaysay, Portland, OR
  • Marla Bane, Dallas, TX
  • Michael McVickar/Brian Westphal, Chicago, IL
  • Mary O'Shaughnessy, Port Townsend, WA
  • Howard Eglit, Highland Park, IL
  • Warren Weisberg, Evanston, IL
  • Lisa Cook, North Hampton, NH
  • Elliot Rosenberg, Miami, FL
  • Kelly O'Neal, Mesquite, TX
  • Jim Horowitz, Miami Beach, FL
  • Mark Robeau, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sara & Pete Sankowich, Exeter, NH
  • Constance Old, New Canaan, CT
  • Aron Packer, Chicago, IL
  • Victor Friedman, Chicago, IL
  • David Garrett, Portland, OR
  • Steve Paddock, Indianapolis, IN
  • Elizabeth Duquette, Washington, DC
  • James Bristol III, Santa Fe, NM
  • JoAnne Colonna Acheson, Los Angeles, CA
  • Old Kent Bank, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Timothy VanLaar, Champaign, IL
  • Stephen Cohen, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dan Fegan, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dr. Milton Robin, Evanston, IL
  • Robert A. Lewis, Naples, FL
  • Andre Stone, Chicago, IL
  • Doug Stock, Chicago, IL
  • Maria Sakamoto, Potomac, MD
  • Mark Jenkins, Chicago, IL
  • Henry and Maria Vogel, Saratoga, CA
  • David Zimmerman, Covert, MI
  • Lane Winter Vanderslice, Chicago, IL
  • Michael Delgass, New Haven, CT
  • John Bakker, Chicago, IL
  • John Hrehov, Fort Wayne IN
  • Keith England, Chicago, IL
  • Gregorio Pakorny, Potomac, MD
  • Alex Margolies, New York, NY
  • Jenny Weisberg, Brooklyn, NY
  • Brett Harper, Lebanon, OH
  • Marc Ham, Los Angeles, CA
  • Carolyn Rogers, Chicago, IL
  • G. E. Colpitts, Elgin, IL
  • Chantal Habermam, Chicago, IL
  • Peggy Asseo, Evanston, IL
  • David Mandell, Portland, OR
  • Marissa Kalman, Chicago, IL