We get just so many years to seek our meaning and to etch our place in time
and to hope we die proud, to hope we are loved and hope we have done things in our short time that mark a worthy purpose - all for the hope that we live on, long after our earthly voyage has come to a close. Life after life is that great hope.
Tim Cantor’s exhibition, "Hollandiæque," plays out within the vibrant spell of Amsterdam, where he has translocated his life for the sole purpose of creating paintings in the midst of a city where he could feel the weight of art's significance - in a place where the possibility of achieving immortality through his craft lay tantalizingly close, an aspiration he can almost grasp. His new works, as well as his writings, unfold with emphatic ambition and the 'great hope' that his paintings will transcend his lifetime.
The emotional landscape of "Hollandiæque" mirrors the dichotomies of his own journey as a completely self-taught artist. His unique path can be attributed to his evolving surroundings. While his early youth was confined to limited geography, his following years unfolded with falling in love with his wife Amy when she was nineteen, he twenty-one, and extensively traveling the world together. It was during this broad exploration that he cultivated a deep admiration for Dutch and Flemish art, embarking on a personal study that brought his own emotions into his deft and touching paintings.
"Hollandiæque" is more than an artist's ideals adorned with paint; it's a testament to Tim Cantor's brave decision to anchor himself in the grandeur of heritage. Beyond his astounding paintings is the showing of a dream fully followed and a love deeply felt. It's a story that transcends mere art; it's a declaration of Cantor's indomitable spirit, immersed in the timeless allure of a city that breathes history and exhales the truth of his heart.