Artist Timothy Raines has been into cars since he was a little kid. The Austin native spent his childhood drawing his favorite four-wheeled treasures. It wasn’t racing or mechanic work that the young Raines would end up doing, but art. And often art involving cars. “I drew a lot of cars as a kid and always made art as a hobby,” Raines says. “I never really pursued a career as an artist because I didn’t want to be an illustrator or whatever. For me, after a hard day, art was relaxing, not demanding. But eventually I touched on a more abstract style while painting a house I’d purchased. Doing more abstract work really opened my eyes.” He began emulating his idols—Rothko, Pollock—before turning his hand to more realistic work, something in between his two styles. “I wanted more control. I started doing more expressionist stuff, painting flowers. Then I thought, if I can do a flower, I can do a horse.” Raines had his first solo show at a coffee shop in Austin near his home. Thirty percent of what was put up was sold, a true accomplishment for a first show. He landed in Sarasota after his wife, Michelle, came to the area to get her pilot’s license.
Raines began experimenting with abstract interpretations of his favorite car logos and showed his work at the annual St. Armands Circle Invitational Arts Show, where he got the attention of a representative of Aston Martin, whose logo he had painted. Since then, he has been commissioned by art and car collectors, corporate offices of auto industry giants, such as Michelin, and even for Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong organization.
“The work is done by basically dropping paint from a high level.” Raines splits his time between Austin and Sarasota, keeping a studio in both locations. His Sarasota space once belonged to a local candymaker and chocolatier. “There are worse places to be an artist than Sarasota. And there’s very few places that are better. Austin has a great music scene and the creative spark, sure. You can go to almost any bar and catch a great show. But Sarasota is a great place as far as art appreciators and collectors go.”
TEXT BY ASHTON GOGGANS
Artist Timothy Raines was featured in the April 2011 issue of Octane Magazine, the leading magazine for collectors of classic and performance automobiles. Tim was interviewed by the editor for the piece:
Detroit – Michelin commissioned four paintings of “Bibendum”, also known as “The Michelin Man” for their booth at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2011. The four paintings were seen by thousands of automotive enthusiasts and industry executives and Artist Timothy Raines was on hand to paint live during the two press preview days and the big Charity Preview gala.
Of the four paintings, three will be donated to charities for separate auctions and one will head to Michelin headquarters for their private art collection.
Aston Martin North America invited and hosted artist Timothy Raines to showcase three Aston Martin themed works over the three days of their private and public events held at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The works were displayed prominently next to their recently revealed 4-door Rapide and the flagship DB9 convertible on Sunday during the main Concours event.
The event resulted in several sales of art and Aston Martin automobiles at the event as well as follow on purchases from collectors of these two different but equally impressive types of art. The three artworks displayed by Timothy Raines were “Motherland”, a painting of the British Flag (commonly called ‘Union Jack’), the Aston Martin Logo and a Nautilus Shell that is a commonly recognized symbol for perfection, The Divine Proportion and the Universal Creative Power and happens to be the symbol chosen by Aston Martin to represent the Rapide.
Another automobile blog has found my work and did a deeper dive on my background. Thank you to the team at Carsinpedia!
One of the top two auto blogs going has shared my art with the automotive world. Jalopnik reported on my work and wrote some excellent remarks. It is an honor to have the coverage.
“Artist Timothy Raines focuses much of his talent on automobile logos in his series “Brand as Art.”. He makes the Cavillono in these works Rampante and spreads Bentley’s wings with a triptych. Glorious and gorgeous!”
The comments from the Jalopnik readers are classic as well!
The work of artist Timothy Raines was covered by the leading trend and style media brand Trend Hunter.
The article covered the work entitled “New York Yankees” which was initiated by a Major League Baseball (MLB) licensed company for possible inclusion in the 2008 All-Star Game held at the old Yankee Stadium. The article called Tim’s work “mesmerizing”. Of course they also described it as a “messy masterpiece” but a masterpiece nonetheless.