TIM MEIER STATES:
I am one of the founders of “The Coldhouse Group” that in 1987 initiated a new and successful exhibition concept by using abandoned cold storage warehouses and rail terminals slated for demolition as temporary exhibition halls. These shows led to an international exchange of art and artists. That opened up a whole new world of possibilities with my life choice of making Art. In 1989, I decided to quit Woodworking full time and devote it all to Painting and Sculpting. I started exhibiting my paintings Internationally that year and continue to do so. I have been very fortunate to show my work in Edinburgh, Moscow, Munich, Regensburg, Krakow, Wolfenbuttel, Italy, Paris, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Chicago. From these travels, I have researched much of my subject matter.
I was able to conceive of and execute some large commissions concerning my interest in the history of the City of Chicago and her fascinating people. One being 70 oils of Chicagoans who made a positive impact on the city for the Equitable Building in 1992. Another entailed the Beverly Branch Library commission that included 24 oil paintings of historical and contemporary Chicagoans in 2010. I enjoy the research almost as much as the painting. It is important to me. I try to approach each series of paintings with energy and optimism.