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Timothy McCool (born 1987 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American contemporary visual artist working in the mediums of drawing, painting, and installation art. He currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. McCool's portfolio website can be visited at where you can view the majority of his work. McCool is also known for his Instagram which is very cool and it's where he posts in progress views of his work, and you can view it by visiting @timmmccool. You can also visit McCool's online shop at which is also very good and you will like it a lot, probably.

McCool spotted in the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.


Timothy McCool received his BA from Boston College in 2006, where he majored in Art History and Studio Art. In 2011, McCool attended Tufts University/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He graduated in 2013, receiving his Master's of Fine Arts from the aforementioned institutions. Everyone agreed that the art he made there was really great.

"Not Yet"

In January of 2016, McCool exhibited a series of new works in the ninth installment of "Boston Does Boston", held at Proof Gallery. The curators of "Boston Does Boston 9" asked three Boston-area artists to invite an additional artist of their choosing to exhibit alongside them. McCool asked his friend, and former curator of the Find & Form space of the South End, Kevin Frances to exhibit pieces from his series "Lucas". Rachel Eng, Sarah Kanouse, Juan Obando, and Mitch Shiles were the other artists who participated in the show. True to it's name, "Boston Does Boston 9" displayed a wide range of works in several different media, and provided a broad survey of the state of Boston artwork, and it also happened in Boston. The opening took place on the evening of an incredibly quickly accumulating snowstorm, although somehow some people still managed to show up.

"Not Yet" installed at Proof Gallery

For "Boston Does Boston 9", McCool created an installation depicting a graveyard littered with a series of unwanted trophies and discarded technology. The gravestone in the center of the installation provides the conceptual rationale for the pieces surrounding it, and also describes the mindset of an unimpressed art viewer. The trophies provided exhortations such as "Fight Your Feelings" and "Run From You Problems" which in certain contexts might be seen as discouraging, liberating, or just plain bad advice. The clock at the top of the installation is the true centerpiece, an art object that justifies its existence with its indication of a functional orientation. The clock, while unuseful for telling the literal time, provides a solid recommendation as to when the viewer should act on their impulse. The houseplants were there for decoration.

"This Is Forever"

"This Is Forever" installation example

"This Is Forever" was a temporary installation that took place at Carroll & Sons Gallery in Boston. McCool's wooden cut out pieces were on view at the gallery from September 2015 to December 2015. This was the first time that any work had been installed in the Carroll & Sons "moat," a gap that exists between the exterior windows and the raised floor and interior walls of the space. The moat stretches from the eastern rear of the gallery around to the north-facing side, and is just wide enough to provide space for a five foot nine, 140-pound artist to maneuver within. The installation process provided several technical challenges that McCool was able to overcome with the help of several assistants who were able to hand him his artwork from up above and into the moat, and only occasionally dropped things on or nearby him.

We're All Fine Here Now

We're All Fine Here Now was a show that took place at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence MA, from January to March in 2015. It highlighted some of the work previously shown in People of Earth! in addition to some new paintings and drawings.

People of Earth!

People of Earth! was a group exhibition featuring McCool's work alongside the work of artists Alexander Squier and Christopher Cavallero. "People of Earth!" was the winning selection of Gallery 263's Fall Curatorial Program, and so these three, young, intrepid artists set out from Boston proper to journey through the wilds of Cambridgeport to install this show (Chris actually came from Somerville to install his part of the show). Much like three telescopes pointed at a museum, the show provided three different ways to view art inspired by outer space. Each artist was inspired by various concepts and topics including science fiction books, movies, and music, as well as astronomy podcasts, the colonization of Mars, space potatoes, astronaut suits, and more.

Look No Further

Look No Further was an art event that occurred at the Find & Form Space on Harrison Ave in Boston's Historic South End. There were paintings, many of them were small, some of them were medium sized. The painting was done with brushes mostly, but also included the usage of scraping implements and two forms of knife: palette and plastic disposable. The highlight of the evening came hours earlier in the mid-afternoon when a corgi visited the art space and wasn't interested in the artwork. The corgi paid tribute by leaving several of his hairs on the floor of the space. Several paintings, and this is true, were written about by an international group of art critics. Photographic evidence of this show remains in situ on other places of the Internet out of respect and also laziness.

You will love this someday

You will love this someday, was exhibited at Bentley University's McGladrey Art Gallery in March and April of 2014. The show consisted of a collection of approximately 70 pieces of wood of varying sizes painted in a flat, cartoonish style. The theme of memory was prevalent throughout the exhibit, as You will love this someday incorporated elements of nostalgia for the recent past and also the past past. The exhibition communicated certain things about people, relationships, and pizza. Many visitors remarked on the consistent usage of animal imagery, with a particular emphasis on the role of dogs and how petting dogs feels good and is fun to do. The show also served as a commemoration of several houseplants which were lost due to neglect.


TROUBLE was a solo show that took place during the summer of 2013 at The Hallway Gallery in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. The drawings for TROUBLE were completed in a six week period over the summer of 2013. Completed in black marker on white paper, the drawings achieved a level of uniformity and consistency reflected strongly in McCool's tonal speech patterns. The working title of the show was initially Me On a Skateboard Bringing You Flowers, which remains one of the most powerfully sentimental works associated with the McCool household name brand.

These Things Take Time

In May of 2013, McCool displayed his graduating thesis show at Carroll & Sons Gallery. A series of 300 drawings completed mostly in marker and sometimes pencil were exhibited for a month-long solo exhibition. A review which can no longer be found on the Internet but which was posted on the blog of the Providence Journal described the show as "quaint."

Notable Exhibitions

2016         Yard Sale, Carroll & Sons Gallery, Boston MA 2016         ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (The Shrug Show), Dorchester Art Project, Dorchester MA 2016         Projections, Jamaica Plain Brewery Complex, Jamaica Plain MA 2016         Barry’s Shop, Isenberg Projects @ ZONE 3, Allston MA 2016         The Small Show, Godine Family Gallery, MassArt, Boston MA
2016         Whir: Real Fans, Replicas, and Robots, Gallery Kayafas, Boston MA
2016         Boston Does Boston 9, Proof Gallery, Boston MA
2015         Domesticated Space Travelers, Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2015         24th Drawing Show: “FEELERS”, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts
2015         We're All Fine Here Now, Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA
2015         2015-2079: The Mars Research Era, Washington St. Art Center, Somerville, MA
2014         People of Earth!, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
2014         Broadside, 13FOREST Gallery, Arlington, MA
2014         Look No Further, Find & Form Space, Boston, MA
2014         Massachusetts, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
2014         You will love this some day, Bentley University Art Gallery, Waltham, MA Solo
2014         Doodle, Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville, MA
2013         Hallow's Eve, The Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA
2013         Town & Country, Hudson, Boston, MA
2013         Trouble, The Hallway Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA Solo
2013         These Things Take Time, Carroll & Sons Gallery, Boston, MA Solo
2013         Liking Is For Cowards, Go For What Hurts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2012         No Red Dots, Goosefish Press, Boston, MA
2012         WIT, Mission Hill Gallery, SMFA, Boston, MA
2012         Proof of Purchase, Samsøn Projects, Boston, MA
2012         Art of the Small, American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC
2012         All School Juried Drawing Show, Atrium Gallery, SMFA, Boston, MA
2012         Award Recipients and Graduating Students, Grossman Gallery, Boston, MA
2011         Profiles of the [dis]connected, Huret & Spector Gallery, Emerson College
2011         Type Show, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA
2011         Neighborhoods, Cafe dez Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2011         180 Minutes, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
2011         Presents: 3 Months of Mail Art, Hyperallergic HQ, Brooklyn, NYC

External links

Irony Research Laboratory
Irony Lab Store
ArtInfo Show & Tell: Tim McCool
Boston Globe: This week ahead, March 12
Boston Globe: This week ahead, October 29
Boston Hassle: 5 Questions with Tim McCool