Omaha-born, New York-based artist Tim Brawner produces a practice of painting that mines the space between the uncanny and the grotesque. Seeking to produce in the viewer a compelling affect of unease, Brawner utilizes the idiom of illustration to render images of alienation, through the purposeful bricolage of disparate representational elements. In each work, a persistently fine, monochromatic, painterly execution meets the artist’s formal drafting process of drawing and montage in order to achieve what Brawner terms a pathos of ‘weirdness’: a form of defamiliarization which is also a seduction, an entreat, into a strange representational space nonetheless evoking trepidation and dread. These visual chimeras undermine the spectators’ traditional binary frames of reference, eliding at once those of conservative Western Christian morality and those of liberal secular paradigms of Enlightened empathy. As the artist intones, this ‘weirding’ is “part of the drama of the work; it is an ontological struggle [of an alternative world beyond our given dichotomies] to be represented… to come into being.”

Tim Brawner (b. 1991, Omaha, Nebraska) received an MFA from Yale School of Art in 2020. Exhibitions include Management, New York; Union Pacific, London; Ashes On Ashes, New York; Yale Painting & Printmaking MFA Show, Perrotin, New York; PAGE (NYC), New York; Zang Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Yale University Gallery, New Haven, CT; Papa Projects, Minneapolis, MN; Unit London, London; and Primary, Miami, FL.

Tim Brawner, Selfish, Little, 2022
Tim Brawner, Paperclip, 2022
Tim Brawner, Blue Bird, 2022
Tim Brawner, Holosint, 2022
Tim Brawner, Nyctalops, 2022
Tim Brawner, Rumo, 2022


2020 Yale School of Art, MFA
2014 Nebraska Wesleyan University, BFA



Glad Tidings, Management, New York, NY

Sometime Come the Mother, Sometime the Wolf, Union Pacific, London, UK

PAGE NYC, NADA Projects, New York, NY

Untitled, PAGE (NYC), New York, NY (duo exhibition)

Lee, Elder Gallery, Lincoln, NE




Maskenfreiheit, Margot Samel, New York, NY
Focus Group 4, von ammon co, Washington, DC

To Bodily Go... Superzoom Gallery, Miami, FL 

OMGWTF, Primary Projects, Miami, FL
No Fear In Trying, Unit London, London
Companions, Union Pacific, London
Urgent, Papa Projects, Minneapolis, MN

Philip Seibel, Aks Misyuta, Tim Brawner, Et AL: Brook Hsu & WSCHOD: Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw, Union Pacific, London
Yale Painting & Printmaking MFA, Galerie Perrotin, New York, NY
C.H.A.D., Ashes On Ashes, New York, NY
Only When You’re Called, Yale University Gallery, New Haven, CT

Three Rooms, GalleryELL, New York, NY
Summer Exhibition, PAGE (NYC), New York, NY

Triple Monster, August Zang Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


2020/21 Viewing Program, The Drawing Center
2019 Dumfries House, Royal Drawing School
2013 Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art

Tim Brawner is included in Maskenfreiheit at Margot Samel
July 20, 2023
Tim Brawner is included in FOCUS GROUP 4 at Von Ammon Co, Washington, DC
May 13, 2023
Works by Katie Hector and Tim Brawner are featured on David Zwirner's Platform
May 1, 2023
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