As a rising star in the art world, Tim Rogerson casts his artwork
with a very evident energy and passion. Inspired by the works of Edgar
Degas and Malcolm Liepke, the North Carolinanative has embarked on an
artistic journey that has taken him from Degas to Disney to darling of
Born in Kissimmee, FL, Mr. Rogerson was forced to move with his
family to North Carolina at the age of four because of family health
concerns. His father, who at the time, was employed by Walt Disney
World as Show Director in charge of managing and maintaining all of the
performances in the park, made every day a magical adventure for the
future artist, even though they no longer had the safety umbrella of
Mr. Rogerson grew up living the everyday life of a kid, playing
outside and "hanging out" with friends, however, the artistic urge to
create was always present, compelling him to apply the pictures and
images in his head to paper and canvas.
Every child has a dream. For Mr. Rogerson, it was to be an artist as
well as satisfying his desire to return to his home-state; back to the
magical kingdom from which he came. Of course being surrounded by the
whimsical images of Disney characters, even after his family moved to
North Carolina; his father was an avid Disney collector and supporter,
didn't help curb his appetite for the Sunshine State. However, it was
these images that helped form some of Mr. Rogerson's style, which has
begun to earn him critical acclaim.
Fulfilling his dream of returning to Florida, Mr. Rogerson was
accepted as a student at the prestigious Ringling School of Art and
Design in Sarasota, majoring in Illustration. "I was a very traditional
art student and explored all works; from the old masters to modern
art," says the artist. "My influences include Degas and John Singer
Sargent; with his perfect, confident brushstrokes...their work has
allowed me to push the envelope with my own abstraction of life.
Using the medium of oil paints, Mr. Rogerson focuses on capturing
people in social settings, My work will always evolve, becoming more
complex and detailed, says Mr. Rogerson.
While studying at the Ringling School, Mr. Rogerson gained the
reputation as an upcoming artist and influence in his own right. His
unique style was recognized when he was awarded the 2003 Best Painter
Award from Ringling, followed by 2003 and 2004 Best of Ringling Award.
One of his recognized works was an emotionally powerful portrait of Mr.
Since graduating from Ringling in 2004, Mr. Rogerson has contributed
his artistic abilities to Disney and SS Designs in Florida. Currently,
Mr. Rogerson is taking the art world by storm with his whimsical
imagery for Disney Fine Art and this summer's launch of Tim Rogerson's
Cosmopolitan POP: A Series of Paintings About Everyday Life and the
Games People Play; a series of collections of works that showcase the
lighterside of life. "I want my paintings to celebrate life and stay
fresh... I try to stay away from the basic routine and technique
because my joy for painting comes from the challenge of creating
something entirely new," says the artist about Cosmopolitan POP. In
preview, this series has already won critical acclaim by the trade and
Mr. Rogerson's latest success has come in the form of an official
title. Named an Official Artist of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Winter Team,
Mr. Rogerson has taken the POP world by surprise again with his
colorful and impacting style. Tim Rogerson has obtained this
designation by working with An Official Licensee of the U.S. Olympic
Committee, Fine Art Ltd.
Rogerson's piece titled "US Olympic Winter Team 2006" will be
released as both a limited edition giclée in an edition of 250 and an
open edition poster. His contribution will help support the U.S.
Olympic Winter Team.
Throughout history, the Olympic Games have been a forum for nations
to peacefully compete for the prestige and honor of gold medals. U.S.
Olympic Winter Team 2006" is an ode to the American men and women who
are competing peacefully in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games during such a
volatile time in our history. From the graceful glide of the ice skater
to the speed of the bobsled and determination of the downhill skier,
Rogerson's piece represents the passion with which the U.S. Olympic
Team hopes to bring the gold home to the Red, White and Blue.
As my personal style is emerging and I break down the composition
into simple shapes, with each shape having its own palette it's a
jigsaw puzzle of color to form an image, says Mr. Rogerson.