Portrait of artist Nero by Jennifer Esperanza

“Failure of Nerve, Not Allowed” • Artist Nero by Jennifer Esperanza

My partner Richard Kurtz & I visited artist Nero’s studio in  Glorieta, New Mexico, not long ago. 

He made us some of his well known hand roasted coffee 

and treated us to a late morning look into his art realm.

The coffee was ever flowing and his stories deep and heartfelt.

We made a new friend.

The words that follow are the artist’s own- the photos by me.

 

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Artist Nero aka Timothy Nero in his studio by Jennifer Esperanza

 

“I declared that I was an artist in the 3rd grade.

With few deviations I have stayed the course.

That said, I did earn a degree in Interior Design and Architecture from Kent State University.

 

 

Art, artist, Jennifer Esperanza, Timothy Nero, New Mexico, Richard Kurtz
In the studio of artist Nero by Jennifer Esperanza

 

I worked in my family’s business, Aurora Auction and Farmers Market/Flea Market from the age of 10.

It was not unlike growing up in the circus.

All manner of misfits and lunatics rolled through including Patty Hearst in the 70’s.

The family biz then became a fine furniture store and design studio.

In Tampa and Tallahassee I hung wallpaper and did house painting for a living.

In Cleveland, Ohio I was the art director of an alternative bar and nightclub

where Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins and Bela Fleck, among many other groups performed early in their careers.

 

 

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Detail of an art work by Nero – Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

I demand of myself to make powerful and challenging work.

I have never been interested in the easy route, or the easy image.

I rarely stop at the 1st iteration of a drawing or painting.

I need to push past the first marks and forms, which become a history.

Detail of artist Nero's work by Jennifer Esperanza
Detail of a painting by Timothy Nero • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

“Failure of nerve, Not allowed.”

“Studio Before kitchen!” 

(Keeping priorities straight, as in I designed and built my studio way before I built my home.)

These two statements originated with my professor, Trevor Bell, while I was his studio assistant during my graduate studies at Florida State University 

 

 

Detail of artist Nero's work by Jennifer Esperanza
Art work by Nero photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

 

 

I always have music on in the studio.

I cannot work in silence.

Music informs my work.

 

 

Detail of artist Timothy Nero's hands by Jennifer Esperanza
Detail of artist Nero’s hands by Jennifer Esperanza

 

My work has been driven by “mind” for over 20 years.

What I mean by that is; How the mind and thought works.

Where does thought come from?

What exactly is it?

 

Portrait of artist Nero by Jennifer Esperanza
Nero shows us some drawings by Jennifer Esperanza

 

 

My oldest sister was blind and retarded.

She never spoke.

What were her thoughts like?

 

Artist Timothy Nero in his studio by Jennifer Esperanza
Artist Nero in his studio by Jennifer Esperanza

 

 

Detail of a painting by Timothy Nero in process by Jennifer Esperanza
Detail of a painting by Nero in process by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Science is suggesting now that our heart and stomach have as much to do, if not more, with our thinking and decision making as our minds.

The average individual has around 50,000 thoughts per day.

Most of it useless and redundant.

 

 

Portrait of artist Timothy Nero by Jennifer Esperanza
Portrait of artist Nero by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Advita Vedanta or non dualism holds my attention.

Papaji says “ Don’t follow the thought!”

What influences thought besides everything?

Portrait of artist Nero by Jennifer Esperanza
Portrait of artist Nero by Jennifer Esperanza

 

 

Paintings by artist Timothy Nero by Jennifer Esperanza
Paintings by artist Nero by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Currently, I am immersed in my painting and drawing and feel much too close to the work to effectively speak about it.

I will say, however; that the work is evolving in complexity and energy.

With the latest paintings, the mark-making, erasures and a looser and generally darker palette (with some exceptions)  are bringing them closer to how I draw on paper.

This excites me.

I continue to use my “dendrite” graphic references, only now there is greater luminosity and depth.”

Timothy Nero

 

 

Erotic drawing by artist Timothy Nero by Jennifer Esperanza
Erotic drawing by artist Nero by Jennifer Esperanza

 

 

 

Details of Timothy Nero's drawings by Jennifer Esperanza
Details of Nero’s drawings by Jennifer Esperanza

 

In the studio with Timothy Nero by Jennifer Esperanza
In the studio with Nero by Jennifer Esperanza

 

 

 

Detail of a sculpture and the artist's boots by Jennifer Esperanza
Detail of a sculpture and the artist’s boots by Jennifer Esperanza

 

 

 

Timothy Nero painting detail by Jennifer Esperanza
Timothy Nero painting detail by Jennifer Esperanza

 

The studio of Nero by Jennifer Esperanza
The studio of Nero by Jennifer Esperanza

 

 

Nero showing me one of Richard's small painting that he carries with him. Photo by Jennifer Esperanza
Nero showing me one of Richard’s small paintings that he carries with him. Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

 

See more of his work on Nero’s website

www.timothynero.com

Richard’s website

www.richardkurtz.com

“Failure of Nerve, Not Allowed” •  Artist Nero by Jennifer Esperanza

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2016

 

 

19 Comments on ““Failure of Nerve, Not Allowed” • Artist Nero by Jennifer Esperanza

  1. Fantastic interview with the artist Nero, who, through his commanding art, speaks his very own language. Thank you, Jen!

    • Thank You Laura ~ Bella
      You are so supportive & yes … Nero’s work is so very much his own
      It was such an honor to do this studio visit
      xox

  2. Terrific interview and photos with Nero, who, through his commanding work, speaks his own distinct language.

  3. Love the exploration of thought – a vital and often overlooked power in how we move through life. Beautiful work!

  4. What a wonderful blog article. I feel like I left my desk and my computer and took a journey to Nero’s studio and the creative, alive dimension in which he lives. The photographs, his words: what a powerful portrait of an artist (Nero) by a great artist (Jennifer Esperanza).
    P.S. I want a Richard Kurtz painting/card like the one that Nero carries with him.

    • Luisa
      I am thrilled that you enjoyed Nero’s blog
      I’ll let Richard know ~ he has so many to chose from
      This is what has been written about his small paintings
      “What I found inventive about Kurtz’s group of boxers was his related series of miniature paintings executed on discarded credit, debit, and gift cards. Not only did these remind me of a genre of painting from the Victorian age — when artists in 19th-century England painted tiny portraits and bucolic landscapes onto brooches and pieces of porcelain — but Kurtz is recycling plastic as well as creating transportable art that fits in your wallet.” Douglas Fairfield

  5. Thanks Jennifer Esperanza! I appreciate this wonderful blog and your excellent photos of me and my work! I have enjoyed your previous blogs on other artists and I feel honored to be now included amongst them. I had a great time with you and Richard when you visited me and am delighted to have you both as friends.

    • You are amazing Nero ~ we count you as a friend & feel so inspired by your work
      Paz y Amor,
      Jennifer

  6. Josephine adams

    Love this !!!! So amazing !!!!!

  7. Michelle Laflamme-Childs

    I know and love Timothy and his work, and these images of him capture his essence so beautifully. Thank you. <3

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