Duval Timothy is a multi-disciplinary artist working and living between London, UK and Freetown, Sierra Leone. In addition to music, Timothy’s work includes painting, photography, sculpture, design, food, and textiles. His solo piano pieces are on the boundaries between contemporary minimalism and jazz. He incorporates precise, geometrical constructions featuring heart-rending chord changes and simple melodies in his music. Timothy weaves in recordings of friends and relatives from Sierra Leone, making the entire collection sound like an immersive, cross-cultural dialogue. His music has been sampled by such artists as Solange and Loyle Carner.
Past exhibitions and projects include Sen Am performance at Museo Civico Luigi Varoli, Romagna, Italy and St Johns Hall, London, Brown Loop/ Blue Borough at Still House Gallery, Red Hook NY, Keep it up with DAM projects at A_Space Gallery, London. Su Ikramimizdir with Serra Tansel at Polistar Gallery, Istanbul and Mahsiwel at Lewisham Arthouse Gallery, London.
Other highlights included workshops at the Albany theatre in Deptford, an interactive installation at Tate Modern Turbine Hall, talks at The Southbank Centre and pop-up dinners at Le Bal cafe, Paris.
Following time living in Sierra Leone learning traditional fabric weaving, Timothy started the brand Carrying Colour (CC). CC explores colour both in the sense of chromatics and identity, themes that unify Timothy’s practice. These projects are released in the form of an evolving clothing range, photography, publications, and lifestyle products.
Timothy has released two albums in the past two years – ‘Help’ (2020), and ‘Son’ (2021). ‘Help’ reveals the artists’ experience traversing the meshes of the music industry, mental health, YouTube self-help videos, and the healing he discovered through friendship and collaboration, while ‘Son’ is a collaboration with Rosie Lowe inspired by ideas of ‘true colours’, identity, and social expectations as to what it means to fit in.