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BIOGRAPHY - Timothy W. Jahn (Born 1977)

Timothy W. Jahn

“We’re living in this interesting moment when representational art is more acceptable.” Timothy Jahn’s 2012 comment about contemporary painting reflects his optimism about the art historical tradition which forms the foundation of his own work. He also noted that although his technique often captures viewers’ attention first, there “must also be some sort of narrative to hold their attention and engage them in the work”. In Jahn’s work, whether paintings or charcoal drawings, the images offer a starting point for further contemplation. Sometimes that might be an appreciation of an elegant, patterned still-life and sometimes, it might be a meditation on identity or mortality.

As a boy growing up in New Jersey, Timothy Jahn discovered that drawing and painting were not only his best subjects in school, but that they offered an opportunity to study the world in ways that consistently fascinated him. By the time he was in high school, Jahn was taking whatever art classes were available as well as spending one day per week studying art at the county college.  In 1995, just as he was completing high school, he showed his work in the Emerging Artist Exhibition at the Nabisco Company headquarters, then located in East Hanover, New Jersey.

Unsurprisingly, Jahn’s next step was to enroll in an art school where he could receive additional training in drawing, painting and illustration. The duCret School of Art in Plainfield, New Jersey, founded in 1927, provided a curriculum based on learning the techniques of representational art, which was already the foundation for Jahn’s work. With guidance from instructors J. Brian Townsend and Paul McCormack, well-respected representational painters, Jahn eventually expanded his studies at the Art Students League in nearby New York City.

The historic Art Students League was founded in 1875 as an organization run by artists for artists.  Today, it maintains the same open attitude toward curriculum that it established over 130 years ago, with a variety of instructors who teach in a diverse range of stylistic expressions. In the late 1990s, Jahn studied with Ronald Sherr and Mary Beth McKenzie, both of whom are part of a long-standing figural painting tradition in American art.  Eventually, Jahn also worked with McKenzie as a teaching assistant at the National Academy School of Fine Arts, introducing him to the challenges of being an art instructor while simultaneously continuing to paint.

The next step in Jahn’s study and exploration of painting came with a stint in France at the SCAD-LaCoste School of Art residential program in LaCoste, Provençe. Like generations of artists before him, Jahn’s experience abroad raised many questions about his career decisions and how he wanted to define his future as an artist.  The intense studio time in France centered around a postmodern curriculum and immersed Jahn into a exhausting study of non-representational painting.  “In art school I invested a large amount of time extensively exploring abstraction.The experience has been invaluable to me; every type of painting that I have studied has fused into my aesthetic.”

Back in the US, Jahn not only began working at the Swain Galleries in Plainfield, New Jersey where he had his first one-man show, but he also went back to duCret School of Art to finish his degree. After graduation, he began teaching at duCret; eighteen months later, he petitioned the school to start a new program called Academy duCret which would focus on teaching representational art to a small group of students. It was during this time that Jahn met Tim Reynolds, a painting student at duCret and a very successful businessman who would later form a global art education project.

In 2008, Jahn furthered expanded his painting and drawing skills at The Waichulis Studio, where he completed a three-year apprenticeship working with Anthony Waichulis  Founded in 1998, this nationally respected atelier is dedicated to teaching representational art utilizing a step-by-step methodology that Waichulis developed. As Jahn notes, “The time I spent working and learning from Anthony Waichulis has had a profound and lasting effect on my artistic endeavors.”

Midway through this apprenticeship, Jahn introduced his former student, Tim Reynolds, to Waichulis, which ultimately led to the development of an innovative concept for providing art education internationally. The goal is to provide step-by-step training for artists throughout the world with the hope of facilitating the growth of international creative connections.  Reynolds proposed using the word ‘Ani’ which is a variation on the Swahili word ‘Andjani’, meaning the “road” or the “path ahead”.  In 2010, the first of these schools opened when The Waichulis Studio became the Ani Art Academies Waichulis.  Jahn was the first graduate in 2011, and would immediately become the first instructor at an international Ani Art Academies funded by the Tim Reynolds Foundation.

Reynolds built the first new school on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. Now known as the Ani Art Academies Anguilla, Jahn began educating the first group of local students in drawing and painting in 2012.  In return, Jahn notes, “Every chapter of my life has taken my art work into new and interesting directions. The inspiration for my art comes from my life experiences and living in Anguilla with its beautiful light and color will to have a profound effect on my work. These new experiences will surely add to the narrative of my future works.”

Janet Whitmore, Ph.D.

AVAILABLE WORKS
My Refuge - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
My Refuge
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches
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The Draftsman - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
The Draftsman
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches
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Whispers of the Past - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Whispers of the Past
Oil on panel
30 x 20 inches
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Sold Works
Hidden Harmonies - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Hidden Harmonies
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches
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Sanctuary - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Sanctuary
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches
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Arcane Elixir of Connection - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Arcane Elixir of Connection
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches
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The Study\'s Serenity - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
The Study's Serenity
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches
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The Enigma\'s Sanctuary - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
The Enigma's Sanctuary
Oil on panel
10 x 8 inches
SIgned
The Forgotten Glyphs - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
The Forgotten Glyphs
Oil on panel
41 x 32 inches
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The Pirate\'s Library - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
The Pirate's Library
Oil on panel
15 x 24 inches
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Lost Expectations - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Lost Expectations
Oil on panel
19 x 40 inches
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Red Handed - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Red Handed
Oil on canvas
44 x 58 inches
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Vintage Shave - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Vintage Shave
Oil on panel
5 x 7 inches
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Nails - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Nails
Oil on panel
8 x 10 inches
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Selfie - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Selfie
Oil on panel
30 x 30 inches
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Self - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Self
Oil on panel
30 x 30 inches
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Self-portrait - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Self-portrait
Oil on panel
20 x 16 inches
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Military Prep - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Military Prep
Oil on panel
20 x 24 inches
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Strawberry and Grapes - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Strawberry and Grapes
Oil on panel
3 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches
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Patriot - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Patriot
Oil on panel
14 x 11 inches
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Push Back - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Push Back
Oil on panel
20 x 16 inches
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Silver Lining - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Silver Lining
Oil on panel
23 x 36 inches
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Milk and Cookies - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Milk and Cookies
Oil on masonite
8 x 10 inches
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Berrytini - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Berrytini
Oil on panel
10 x 8 inches
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Appletini - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Appletini
Oil on panel
10 x 8 inches
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Gumballs - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Gumballs
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches
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Peaches & Cream - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Peaches & Cream
Oil on panel
7 x 4 7/8 inches
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News from the Front - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
News from the Front
Oil on board
14 x 11 inches
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The Assessment - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
The Assessment
Oil on board
14 x 11 inches
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Twenties Afternoon - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Twenties Afternoon
Oil on canvas
45 x 30 inches
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After Hours - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
After Hours
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches
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Boney Brawler - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Boney Brawler
Oil on panel
18 x 34 inches
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Doc\'s Take - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Doc's Take
Oil on panel
26 x 32 inches
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All that Remains - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
All that Remains
Oil on panel
7 1/2 x 5 inches
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Good Help - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Good Help
Oil on panel
24 x 36 inches
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The Secret - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
The Secret
Oil on board
14 x 11 inches
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Field Jager Corps of Hesse-Cassel - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Field Jager Corps of Hesse-Cassel
Oil on panel
14 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches
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Tough Choices - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Tough Choices
Oil on board
7 1/8 x 5 inches
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Tangible Reprieve - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Tangible Reprieve
Oil on board
14 x 11 1/2 inches
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Charon: The Ferryman - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Charon: The Ferryman
Oil on panel
20 x 16 inches
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Solitude of the Crown
 - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Solitude of the Crown
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches
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Morning Delight - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Morning Delight
Oil on board
19 x 19 inches
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At Twenty Paces - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
At Twenty Paces
Charcoal on paper
12 x 22 inches
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Childhood Memories - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Childhood Memories
Charcoal on paper
7 x 9 inches
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Study (Skull) - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Study (Skull)
Charcoal on paper
9 x 14 inches
Descent of Man - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Descent of Man
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches
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Remains of Valor - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Remains of Valor
Oil on panel
20 x 24 inches
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Exhibited Works
Eye-Witness - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Eye-Witness
Oil on panel
26 x 21 inches
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Star - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Star
Oil on board
36 x 24 inches
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Symbiote - Jahn Timothy W.
Timothy W. Jahn
(Born 1977)
Symbiote
Oil on panel
21 x 12 inches
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