Tim Prythero creates miniaturized nostalgic structures which exist within an environment of their own. These one-of-a-kind sculptures record a moment in time. One can only imagine life as it was for the inhabitants of his old tenement buildings, trailer homes or even the converted school bus. The effects of weather and time, trash and accumulated junk are always a part of Prytheros ultrarealistic sculptures.
After researching his subject matter, Prythero spends many long hours carving, assembling, hand painting and creating in minute detail, these sculptural environments. Favorite subjects have included an old gas station along Route 66, a 1940-50s diner and the Esquire hotel with a lamp illuminated in an upstairs room.
Tim Prytheros small worlds are simple, yet powerful and dramatic. He has been compared to artists such as Joseph Cornell, however Prythero’s work lacks the aesthetic and social determinants. There are no implicit arguments in Prytheros sculptures, but rather a familiarity. There are no distractions about any underlying social comment. Prytheros impulse behind his work is quite obviously the details. His sculptures bring back memories for some, curiosity for others and make all of us chuckle.
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