Tim Prythero creates miniature diorama-sized structures of gritty scenes from Northern New Mexico and beyond. These one-of-a-kind sculptures record a moment in time in very particular places. Locations that Prythero depict include gas stations, roadside cafes, old tenement buildings, trailer homes and even a school bus converted into a dwelling. The entropic effects of weather, time, accumulating junk and human intervention are always part of Prythero's ultra-realistic and detailed sculptures.
After researching his subject matter, Prythero spends many long hours carving, assembling, hand painting and creating in minute detail, these sculptural environments.
Tim Prythero's small worlds are simple. Yet upon inspection, they unfold into dramatic and detailed tableaus of aspects of the human experience that are often overlooked by commercial artists. He has been compared to artists such as Joseph Cornell and Richard Shaw, however there are no implicit arguments in Prytheros sculptures. Rather, a deep familiarity and the need to describe and document. His sculptures evoke memories for some, curiosity for others and have the ability to make all of us chuckle.
Tim Prythero's work has been collected by The Crocker Art Museum, the Sandy Besser Collection, the Albuquerque Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, Chase Manhattan Bank, the Roswell Museum, the Albuquerque Sunport and numerous private collections.