Tim Dolby - Artist Profile
Tim Dolby's striking pieces of glass art are uniquely dynamic, catching the light and making an extraordinarily compelling focal point in any hanging space. Using the ancient technique of Verre Églomisé, painting on the back of glass with gilding, he produces images of a whole range of subjects. These range from vibrantly coloured fish to trees laden with golden autumn leaves, and have a depth of colour unobtainable in other ways which seems to attract and reflect back the light to stunning effect.
The term Verre Églomisé is derived from the French for glass - verre - and from the name Glomy, an 18th Century Parisian art dealer who re-popularised this technique from pre Roman times. The complex method involves the application of gold leaf using a substance called Isinglass which creates a firm but invisible bond between leaf and glass and gives the leaf a mirror-like surface. Tim then uses enamels to paint and engrave onto the back of the glass. Because the image must be created in reverse, the top layer goes on first and subsequent layers are applied until finally the background is created.
Tim Dolby was born in Surrey in 1954. He started painting in his early teens and has spent his life honing and developing his skills as a painter, watercolourist, miniaturist and art restorer. He studied picture restoration and period picture framing with John Brangwyn (conservator of pictures at Hampton Court). He also attended a course on gilding at West Dean College where the potential of using gilding in his work.
Tim has exhibited several times at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Miniature Society, The Marine Society, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Institute of Watercolour Painters. He has held a number of successful solo twelve including one in Paris and has won the Pro Art prize for painting at Discerning Eye Exhibition in the Mall Galleries. He has a studio in the medieval village of Monflanquin in South West France where he can often be seen painting in the countryside.