You can get stuck in a trap of copying yourself, giving your audience what you think they want to see. You do something and there’s something divine in it and you’re rewarded for it, so you try to copy that. But you can’t do that. You have to continuously push. That’s why there are certain eras in my work. I start getting comfortable with a particular thing, and then it’s painting for painting’s sake and not actual expression
Tim Hussey is speaking to a group of fifteen at the Cassique Clubhouse on a breezy fall day. He is thoughtful, trying to articulate the very heart of his work, his process. Hussey is the inaugural Artist-in-Residence on Kiawah and sets the standard high.
When I break new ground people don’t always get it at first. But those are often my favorite pieces—the ones that were the beginning of something new that aren’t necessarily crowd pleasers.
A Charleston native, Hussey came up with the likes of renowned artists Shepard Fairey and Jill Hooper, and he attended the Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons Paris. He has lived in New York, Los Angeles,