Winter Walls

Annual Affordable Art Show

Dec. 5th to Jan. 30th

Join Tinney Contemporary for an exciting opportunity to become an art collector!  Our Annual  Affordable Art Show is the perfect opportunity to purchase original works of art.

Special pricing will be in place and is a great way to begin a fine art collection or add to your existing collection. Choose from original paintings, works on paper, photography and fine jewelry.

Intimate Decade


Tinney Contemporary is proud to present a diverse exploration of human contact from birth to death
Photographs by David Teplica
November 7th-28th
Opening reception with the artist November 7th 6 to 9 pm

David Teplica has fused the two worlds of art and medicine. Whether manipulating human form in two dimensions photographically or changing anatomy in three dimensions surgically, he enjoys altering the way society sees the body.

In the surgical realm, Teplica taps into the toolbox of the creative world to help individuals transform physically and psychologically. Spending hours analyzing form, proportion, surface contours, and symmetry, and by using perceptual tricks, a plan for surgery can be designed to permanently alter body shape without creating a stretched or surgically manipulated appearance.

Reflected light then plays off a surface favorably, and a postoperative patient sees himself in new ways. It is interesting that society may or may not see the changes, but reacts differently to an individual who carries himself more confidently through life's routine.

Conversely, in the two-dimensional medium of photography, Teplica uses the tools of science and medicine to help interpret some of life's most potent encounters. His medical career provides access to subjects and situations often kept from public view. Once distilled, these visual moments become generic but rich, and allow each of us to recall our pasts or to imagine new intimacies with less fear.

Artist's Background

David Teplica is a photographer and plastic surgeon who lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. He maintains two active professional careers that often commingle. After completing medical school at Dartmouth, Teplica trained in Plastic Surgery at the University of Chicago. During the same seven-year Residency period, he received the Trustee's Scholarship for the full course of study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and earned a Master of Fine Arts.

Today Teplica maintains a focused private practice in Chicago with patients from around the globe. He exhibits his creative work throughout the United States and Europe and lectures widely. As a member of the faculty, Teplica bases his teaching and research activities at the University of Chicago.

Perhaps best known for his detailed studies of identical twin relationships (the most extreme form of human intimacy), Teplica has also meticulously recorded his family experiences, personal relationships, and social forays over the same period. For the first time, the exhibition Intimate Decade and this accompanying catalog present a selection of images that explore the breadth of human contact at Teplica's personal interface between art and medicine. 

Of Sight & Sentiment


New works by Todd Gordon and Julyan Davis

October 3rd-31st, 2009
Opening Reception October 3rd 6 to 9 pm

Todd Gordon was born in 1970 in Atlanta, Georgia and was raised in Delaware, Ohio. He attended Northwestern University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History in 1992. During his undergraduate career, he spent his junior year abroad in Florence, Italy studying Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art. This experience later led to an internship cataloguing Italian Art for the Prints and Drawings Department of the Art Institute of Chicago. Also while at NU, Gordon took his first painting course with the late artist Ed Paschke. Gordon received a Post-Baccalaureate degree in 1996 and an MFA in 1998, both in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While at the Art Institute, Gordon studied painting with Susanna Coffey and Dan Gustin. Gordon currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

As a perceptual, realist painter, I am committed to the tradition and rigorous practice of working only from observation. The industrial zones in Brooklyn and Queens where I paint possess characteristics which are specifically urban and uniquely American, yet they could just as likely be neighborhoods in any of the Rust Belt towns I remember from my childhood in the Midwest. My personal relationship with each place begins with something I might see that initially interests me on a formal or compositional level - the way a straight road seemingly bends elliptically in space, the expansive curve or color of a bridge, the interplay of graffiti on a corrugated metal fence - and gradually develops or changes significance with each successive visit. Eventually, the focus, subject, or very meaning of the work might shift organically through the openness of the painting process itself. By including as much information as possible, both literally and physically, I attempt to avoid the typical sentimentality common, historically, in most conventional landscape painting. - Todd Gordon

Julyan Davis is an English-born artist who has lived in the South for twenty years. He received his art training at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. In 1988, having completed his B.A. in painting and printmaking, he traveled to the South on a painting trip that was also fueled by an interest in the history of Demopolis, Alabama and its settling by Bonapartist exiles. Julyan's home is now in Asheville's Montford district. His work is exhibited from New York to Europe and is in many public and private collections. Recent acquisitions include the Gibbes Museum in Charleston and the North Carolina Governor's Mansion and Western Residence.

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to introduce his new Southern landscapes and also his most recent interpretations of the South's rich musical heritage.

Throughout my career I have returned to certain themes. One of these is narrative painting based on folksong and folklore. In art school in London it was sea shanties, here in Western North Carolina it is Appalachian music. Such music strikes a deep chord in me. The narrative thread of this music had an effect: the tone is as often as full of irony as it is romance. Tales of love and loss, of human folly, are told in a manner often startlingly objective and laconic. The realism this fostered in me leaked into my reading of even the most outwardly romantic ballad. I remember, aged about eight, taking a very feminist slant on 'Barbara Allen', one of the very oldest folk songs. I thought, hold on, she's the town beauty, some guy falls for her and dies of grief? More likely pneumonia, snooping around her place in the rain. Why is she so quickly blamed? Who would want her out of the way? -  Julyan Davis 

Mixed Emotions

 September 5th- September 26th, 2009

Tinney Contemporary presents works by Todd Alexander, Sisavanh Phouthavong and John Reed

Todd Alexander is an Atlanta artist, armed with imagery, technique, talent and emotion inspired by all walks of life. Born into a family of artists the young Todd experimented with watercolor and oil mediums, as well as hand-thrown pottery. He then pursued scientific illustration at the University of Georgia, working afterward to produce anatomically driven creations for the medical industry. Over the years Todd's creativity has evolved as he re-entered the studio, picking up his familiar paints and exploring alternative ways to express himself and his subjects.

Sisavanh Phouthavong is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro where she teaches advanced level painting courses. She was born in Vientiane Laos in 1976. At the age of four, her family emigrated from Thailand to Winfield, Kansas. She attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting in 1999. Sisavanh continued her education at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale where 2003 she received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Drawing

John Reed is driven to paint by encounters experienced in everyday life. His unique approach to image making captivates emotion through use of bold color and innovative process. Reed graduated with honors from Tennessee State University and holds a Post Baccalaureate Studio Certificate from The Art Institute of Chicago. He has served as Guest Curator at LeQuire Gallery in Nashville and is currently Curator/Director at Tinney Contemporary Gallery.

Magic Cape


Artwork by Don Evans, Myles Maillie, Brandon Donahue, Keith Harmon and Ellen Stevens
July 18th- August 29th, 2009

Opening Reception July 18th, 6 to 9pm

Tinney Contemporary is proud to open the gallery to guest curator, Andee Rudloff who presents My Magic Cape featuring Nashville's best art "instigators" Don Evans, Myles Maillie, Brandon Donahue, Keith Harmon and Ellen Stevens. 

The show will exhibit a variety of works by five artists rarely seen in a formal gallery setting. "My Magic Cape is an exhibition of supreme local talent revealing exchanges between contemporary art, popular culture, civil unrest and moral upheaval," says curator Andee Rudloff.

Rudloff adds, "Nashville-based artists are making the national scene and have always been a part of the national scene.  The five artists in My Magic Cape are coming together for one show to share a little about themselves and a lot about why they have, and will always, do something and encourage others to do something."

The show will present works from each artist including, but not limited to drawings, paintings, mixed media works, installation, film and sculpture. Andee Rudloff will present a gallery talk at the Art After Hours on Thursday, August 6th at 6:00pm. Another artist talk will take place on Thursday, August 27th at 6:00 by Don Evans.

Out Of My Mind


New Work By Donny Smutz
June 6th until July 11th, 2009
Opening Reception June 6th, 6 to 9 pm

Donny Smutz is an up-and-coming surrealist artist who recently joined an exclusive representation agreement with Tinney Contemporary. Smutz, who lives in Nashville, has already had solo shows in Los Angeles, Nashville, and Pittsburgh. Smutz's artwork is known for courting controversy. At 2008 exhibition in Nashville, a painting of his was slashed with a box-cutter by someone who thought his work was blasphemous (the painting depicted Catholic nuns in a compromising position). 

Smutz's latest controversial painting titled  .gov is a large acrylic-on-canvas depiction of President Barack Obama hanging on a cross while being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and being offered a cheeseburger by Ronald McDonald. This painting will make its debut on the opening night of Smutz's five-week Tinney Contemporary engagement, which is during the Downtown Art Crawl June 6. This painting, due to its sensitive nature and seamless combination of the sacred, profane and popular, will be protected by a private security guard at the exhibition.

The following is an excerpt from an upcoming interview with Donny by C. Conant of the Conant + Burns Group:

Donny Smutz (pronounced "Sm-ooo-tz") grew up in the American heartland of Kansas, but his paintings have nothing to do with big skies and grain elevators. Smutz's artwork, which he creates late at night while most of the world sleeps, is a dream-like world of surrealist images that brings to mind something by Salvador Dali or M.C. Escher. Since moving to Nashville, about two years ago, Smutz has established himself as an artist to watch, with solo gallery shows in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Nashville. Smutz, who is self-taught, began his career as a graphic artist and muralist, and even spent a year painting elaborate designs on custom motorcycles. Today Smutz spends his days, and especially nights, in a small Nashville studio painting large acrylic-on-canvas works that are often provocative. I sat down with Smutz, 31, to talk about his provocative artwork and his philosophy on the creative process...

*Read the full interview

In The Salon: Craig Dongoski

Craig Dongoski is an artist living and working in Atlanta since June 1999. He has taught painting and drawing full-time at Georgia State University becoming a permanent faculty member in fall 2001. During the summer of 2001, Craig presented a fragment of a film and soundtrack he is involved in making titled The Wisdom Connected with Children Freezing to Death. This film was shown at the Raymond Lawrence Gallery in Atlanta during the month of August 2001. Prior to his move to Atlanta, Dongoski had lived and worked in Boston since 1991 where he was on the permanent faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He has been very active in exhibiting in the United States and in Europe. Further involvements include organizing outreach programs such as the International Print Symposium in Boston and co-curating a major exhibition and print exchange for the First Africus Biennial in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dongoski's work is a continuous and ongoing exploration of the self.

Golden Paintings

New Work by Greg Decker

May 2- May 30, 2009

Greg Decker, a representational painter who has taught with the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, commemorates his first solo exhibition at Tinney Contemporary as he relocates to Nashville. Having grown up overseas in Africa, Greg's work combines a variety of cultural influences.  His recent works include small"visionary" landscapes, in addition to the figure paintings for which he is well-known in the Southeast.

The show also celebrates the release of a small documentary entitled "Greg Decker:  Life and Work" by students at Vanderbilt University, and an enthusiastic return to the Nashville art community. Greg holds two Master of Fine Arts Degrees, one from Cranbrook Academy of Fine Art, and one from the New York Academy of Art, and has studied at Oxford University in England. 


Eduardo Terranova is an artist and practicing architect living in New York City. He was born in Colombia in 1966 and immigrated to the States when he was 19. He holds a Master of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design, 2006; a Bachelor of Architecture from The New York Institute of Technology, 1998 and a Bachelor of Science from ETH, 1992.  Eduardo’s work has been developing out of socio-political themes such as the “Disappeared and Vanished” and “Memory and Dreams”.  He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums in solo and group shows throughout The United States,  Italy, Spain, Austria, Sweden and Argentina.

Endangered Heritage: Nature in the Balance

Rachael McCampbell is partnering with Tinney Contemporary and The Land Trust for Tennessee for an inspiring and insightful exhibit entitled: Endangered Heritage:  Nature in the Balance. 
A native Tennessean, McCampbell recently returned from Los Angeles to Nashville (Leiper's Fork) to be near the source of her inspiration-Nature. 

This connection is strongly evident in her body of large-scale, highly textured paintings of North American endangered species, such as the Whooping Crane, Red Wolf, Florida Cougar, Big Horned Sheep, Stellar Sea Lion, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker and the Nashville Crayfish, among others.  A central element of the show, designed to further challenge the viewer, is a sculptural monument comprised of actual bird and animal parts-a memorial to extinct species that have been eliminated primarily due to habitat encroachment.  The painterly representations of endangered species surrounding the monument act as a hopeful contrast to the macabre sculpture as they uplift and inspire the viewer to action, shining a spotlight on the urgency surrounding our quickly disappearing natural endowment.
A percentage of sales will benefit The Land Trust for Tennessee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the unique character of Tennessee's natural and historic landscapes and sites for future generations-land that by default preserves birds, animals and marine life from the danger of extinction.  McCampbell finds herself personally drawn to the Land Trust's cause, having seen her family's 425-acre farm condemned by county officials to build an industrial park.  Taking a stand in partnership with this organization, McCampbell hopes to illustrate the importance of preserving our land for birds and animals.  "It's alarming," McCampbell says. "1,050 species are endangered and another 309 threatened in the United States alone. Everywhere you turn there is more information about the endangerment and near extinction of yet another species. As an artist, I am inspired to not only honor these beautiful creatures by painting them, but to also raise awareness and incite action among the general public. There is no time left for complacency." 
Rachael McCampbell received her BFA, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Georgia.  She has lived and worked in New York, London, Florence and Los Angeles. McCampbell's artwork is in both public and private collections in the United States and Europe. She divides her time between her studio in Santa Monica, California and Nashville, Tennessee.


Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro where she teaches advanced level painting courses.  She was born in Vientiane Laos in 1976. At the age of four, her family emigrated from Thailand to Winfield, Kansas. She attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting in 1999. Sisavanh continued her education at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale where 2003 she received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Drawing. She has exhibited her work in solo, juried, and invitational exhibitions throughout United States, Canada, and New Zealand. 

"The Attack of the Hummingbirds: Enron Scandal"  48" x 48"  acrylic on canvas  Sisavanh Phouthavong

Stop Look Listen

February 7th- March 14th, 2009.
Opening reception February 7th, 6 to 9 pm.

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present STOP LOOK LISTEN: New Works by Lyle Carbajal, Sharon Lee Hart and Jason Lascu. Nashville Scene Critics' Pick Feb. 4th 2009

STOP LOOK LISTEN will showcase the works of three unique young artists new to Tinney Contemporary’s gallery portfolio. Gallery Curator John Reed has brought these artists together for the first time in a compelling exhibit exploring human reaction and awareness, observing the basic notion of recognition and how it comes about, how it leads to communication and perhaps comprehension. Reed comments; “ each of these artists address fundamental patterns of human communication, of interaction and of sought after understanding.  Some create moments of alarm, caution, and defense.  Each compels a unique dialogue with the viewer through beauty and form.”

Lyle Carbajal uses his paintings to explore the unintentional. Through the use of color, bold line and image placement Carbajal hopes to capture the naiveté’ of daily life. Citing references to childhood imagery such as comics, monsters and machines Carbajal juxtaposes the innocent associations of youth with the complicated path of maturation.

Sharon Lee Hart effectively employs digital variations of photomontage in her body of work combining several different images to create a ghostly representation of the human condition.  Fragmented imagery placed against an ominously dark backdrop along with fragmented text and symbolically evocative objects speak to Harts’ questioning of male and female cultural identities.

Jason Lascu figurative sculptures convey a sense of human frustration with their surroundings.  Armless figures stand perplexed and hopeless when faced with the challenges created by the sculptor. The wax male figures are adorned with delicately crafted accessories giving way to contemplation and introspective thought.

Lyle Carbajal holds a degree in design yet is self-taught as a painter. He credits his Latin American background as a source for his pursuit of primitive expressions. His work has been exhibited in Atlanta, Chicago and Spain and can be found in many private and corporate collections.

Sharon Lee Hart holds a BFA in Photography from Maine College of Art and a MFA in photography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She currently is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Watkins School of Art, Design & Film as well as at David Lipscomb University and was the recipient of the Carter Foundation Scholarship in 2008.

Jason Lascu holds a BFA from The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH as well as a MFA, Washington StateUniversity, Pullman, WA.  He is currently on staff as Ceramics and Sculpture Instructor at Holy Name School in Parma Ohio.