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


Timothy McCool received his BA from Boston College in 2006 and his MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2013.

"Not Yet"

In January of 2016, McCool was invited to "Boston Does Boston 9" at Proof Gallery in South Boston.

"Not Yet" installed at Proof Gallery

"This Is Forever"

"This Is Forever" was a temporary installation at Carroll & Sons Gallery in Boston. McCool's wooden cut out pieces were on view at the gallery from September 2015 to December 2015.

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.

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 an amateur, flat, cartoonish style. Working primarily with the theme of memory, 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 prevalence 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 name brand.

These Things Take Time

In May of 2013, McCool was installed at Carroll and Sons Gallery. Alongside Timothy McCool, 300 drawings were exhibited for a month-long solo exhibition. A review which can no longer be found but which was posted on the blog of the Providence Journal described the show as "quaint."

Notable Exhibitions

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
Boston Globe: This week ahead, March 12
Boston Globe: This week ahead, October 29