Tim Crowder is as much a philosopher as a painter. Not that he writes emphatically, but it is tought not to sense that he has something deep and meaningful to impart through his art. For the last several years his focus has been on issues of consumption and disposability in our society. His style is often ironic, slightly sarcastic or witty in a dark way.
Crowder's paintings may, at first, seem to be carefully rendered landscapes – really well composed, nice paint handling, and a good sense of light and space. Give those “landscapes” a moment to sink in and then you’re in the midst of Crowder’s world. Global warming, parenting, and urban sprawl are just a few of the topics that he depicts with imagery that looks centuries old and contemporary at the same time, similar to a fable or nursery rhyme.