Tim Rogerson Biography
A prolific artist with his own unique painting style, Tim Rogerson imbues his artwork with an obvious energy and dynamism, conveying his creative passion and technical skill with whimsical imagery and radiant colors that both bring his paintings to life and instantly connect with enthusiasts from all walks of life who celebrate his works featured in galleries all over the world. Influenced by the classic works of masters from Picasso to Matisse to Liepke, the North Carolina native quickly emerged as a star in the art world, having embarked on a journey that has taken him from Degas to Disney to darling of the industry.
Born in Kissimmee, Florida, Rogerson grew up very close to Disney World — where his father was employed as Show Director in charge of managing and maintaining all of the performances in the park — before relocating with his family to North Carolina at the age of four due to family health concerns. Even so, his father made every day a magical adventure for the budding artist, even though they no longer had the safety umbrella of Disney. Rogerson had a typically idyllic childhood, playing outside with friends, exploring nature, and "hanging out." However, his artistic drive to express himself was always present, compelling him to commit the pictures and images in his head to paper and canvas. Every child has a dream. For Rogerson, it was to be an artist as well as satisfying his desire to return to his home state, to the magical kingdom from which he came. Of course, being surrounded by the fanciful images of Disney characters, even after his family had moved to North Carolina, (his father was an avid Disney collector and supporter) didn't help curb his appetite for the Sunshine State. In fact, it was these images that helped inform some of Rogerson's style, which has earned him enormous critical acclaim.
Rogerson eventually relocated back to Florida once he was accepted as a student at the prestigious Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, where he majored in Illustration. "I was a very traditional art student and explored all the works from the old masters to modern art," says Rogerson about his art school education. "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." It was while studying at Ringling that Rogerson gained the reputation as a rising artist and influence in his own right. His singular style was first officially acknowledged when he was awarded the 2003 Best Painter Award from Ringling, followed by 2003 and 2004 Best of Ringling Award. In particular, one of his acclaimed works was an emotionally powerful portrait of "Mr. Lincoln." Favoring the medium of oil paints, Rogerson says that he concentrates on communicating with his audience, capturing people in social settings. "My goal in painting is simple, to tell a great story in the most visually exciting way. When working with highly recognizable imagery, I enjoy breaking the image apart and reassembling those parts into a jigsaw puzzle of elaborate shapes and vibrant colors. This allows me to break away from the usual and become free to create whatever comes to be."
After graduating from Ringling in 2004, Rogerson fulfilled his other dream, embarking on a career as a professional artist. He has contributed his artistic sensibilities to Disney and SS Designs in Florida. He was involved in in creating imagery for the popular Disney Fine Art portfolio and launched 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 lighter side of life). True to form, at the heart of Rogerson's style is his compulsion to reinvent it - "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. Even in preview, the series won critical acclaim by the trade and his peers. His modern cubist twist to classic Disney and unique interpretations has won praise from critics and his peers. "My personal style has emerged 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," Rogerson explained. "I keep the backgrounds simple so as not detract from the main focus and so I can concentrate on the details of the central image."
Rogerson’s art continues to garner deserved critical admiration and honors, and his works are featured in galleries all over the world. Beyond his commercial success, he also earned much desired acclaim in the form of an official title. Named an Official Artist of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Winter Team, Rogerson is one of only a handful of to be named Official Olympic Artists. He 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" was conceived of an tribute to the Americans who competed peacefully in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games during such a volatile time in history. From the elegance of the ice skaters to the audaciousness of the bobsled and grit of each downhill skier, Rogerson endeavored to represent the passion and grace with which the U.S. Olympic Team aspired to bring home the gold while donning the Red, White and Blue. The piece was released as both a limited edition giclée in an edition of 250 and an open edition poster. His contribution helped support the U.S. Olympic Winter Team. When asked about the painting, Rogerson said, he wanted the painting "to be an ode to the men and women who are competing; from the graceful glide of the ice skater to the speed of the bobsled to the determination of the downhill skier."
In 2009, Rogerson was named Official Artist for Disney's first ever D23 Expo where he created his most ambitious work to date, "In The Company of Legends," which now sits in the Disney vault as a piece of Disney history. Rogerson has also served as the Official Artist of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. He continues to spend his time creating works of Disney Fine Art. The pieces are a balanced mixture of his varied style and the timeless Characters of Disney. Still dedicated to painting a better canvas for the art world one brush stroke at a time, Rogerson currently lives in Orlando, FL with his wife, Kerrin, and daughter, Lilly.
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