Press Release: Tim Vermeulen at Packer Schopf Gallery


Tim Vermeulen
Labours of The Months
Packer Schopf Gallery
June 1 – July 7, 2012

Chicago – The Labours of the Months was one of the most popular themes of the Medieval and Early Renaissance periods. There are countless painted and sculpted versions of this subject. The pieces usually depict agricultural activities that commonly occurred in the given months of the year and are often linked to the signs of the Zodiac.

Tim Vermeulen’s series of paintings takes the traditional labours as a springboard for investigating a contemporary world of contradictions, polarities, and paradox. He uses the works to attempt to articulate in visual form, through symbolic and allegorical images, a chaotic web of emotions and ideas that is at once deeply personal and about our universal condition. The work is part of a process of wrestling for self-discovery through autobiographical narratives, in many cases involving self-portraiture.

Top: August, Oil on panel, 13″ x 10″, 2011