This section of Timba Smits’ website is dedicated to non-commercial graphic art and print curiosities, but also features personal illustration, animation and experiments in art by Timba. Most of the work has been self-initiated or by the invitation to group exhibitions, print publications and collaborations with other artists and collectives, worldwide. Look this way, and enjoy your stay!
To navigate through the gallery simply use the (-/+) buttons to the left and right of each gallery or once you reach the end of the images, choose from the thumbnails below. It’s that easy. And good on the eyes!
As I was watching Kindergarten Cop recently (again) I experienced this awkward moment during the film. You see, I have a friend who has an inoperable brain tumour and there’s this quite memorable scene in the movie where Arnie – after being terrorised by his kinder class – yells IT’S NOT A TUMOUR!!! I always used to think that this scene was funny-as-fuck, that is until my dear friend developed one. So, for the sake of watching it, and finding it funny – in a new light – I changed the sentence to IT’S NOT A TUNA!!! which, is even funnier because (with Arnie’s thick accent) this is what it sounds like he’s saying anyway. Anyway, this inspired me to make this print… Mr. Kimble Detective Brand Wild Oregon Pink Salmon – A natural source of Shuuuuut Up!!! Designed and printed for Room Fifty season 4.
You can purchase the print here
‘Consume’ is an ongoing series of paintings that will take aim at the effects of mass consumerism on the environment. It is no secret that consumerism is playing a large role towards the destruction of our planets environment and its species (many endangered or threatened with extinction) including us humans. And as the demand for goods increases, the need to produce these goods also increases. In this series I juxtapose endangered wildlife - both animal and plant - with common grocery goods such as the image of canned soups, single-use plastics and oil.
The biggest problem with consumerism is the fact that people do not realize that there is a problem. We are already consuming resources at an alarming rate and quicker than our planet is able to replenish.
The Actorbet is my third print series for Room Fifty. The design features 26 iconic (and my favourite) movie stars arranged to form the English alphabet in a silly, puntastic, kind of way.
Prints available via Room Fifty
Each print comes in 3 different sizes - A2, A3 and A5 as archival standard giclée print on smooth, 240gsm art paper and limited edition to only 50, with signed Certificate of Authenticity
Frames are hand-made from solid wood in Black or White from ethical, sustainable sources. Room Fifty use Quality 2mm thick float glass and send the frames using bespoke packaging to avoid breakages.
All products are shipped worlwide.
London screen printers MANSONS PRESS invited me to take part in their exhibition “Canon: The art of Modern Day Icons” where I got to illustrate one of my favourite human beings - Dr. Sylvia Earle.
Canon is an exhibition of Screen Prints, celebrating the pioneers, innovators and masters of the last 50 years. Those who are the creators of great art, technology, science, entertainment and spirit that are to be recognised as the new saints for a new era in the new Canon. The Canon is a list of Saints, people from history that have performed miracles and feats of overwhelming good - those who have faithfully made it into a Church's good books. And from artists (Luke the Evangelist) to arms dealers (Adrian of Nicomedia) - there's a patron saint canonised for every profession or passion.
The print itself is 400mm x 500mm in size and printed as a 3-colour screen print. Hand printed by Manson's Press and limited to 50 editions.
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My good friends Pedro & Lola invited me to be a part of their debut zine called TURBOLAND to launch the opening of their new collective Workshop Madrid.
My series Role Models is Inspired by a deep-rooted love for cinema and movie culture while referencing my work for Little White Lies magazine where I am creative director by day. And is an extension of the concept created for Little White Lies' 1994 issue featuring an exquisite corpse illustration of Jim Carrey for its cover. I loved making this illustration so much I always wished to make more.
Topless Blonde is a fictional Beer Label design produced and screen-printed for the 2015 exhibition Artist Beer Visions by 3rd Rail Presents at 71A Gallery, London. The exhibition included 20 leading illustrators who were each asked to invent a Beer Brand, a back-story and illustrate this. My submission was inspired by my love of mid-century ephemera, pinups and travel. Topless Blonde was named after The Baron Of Flanders - a fictional brewer who fled his home country of France in search of the finest hops in the world and during his travels fell in love with a beautiful Blonde bombshell whilst travelling the Pacific Islands. The finished illustration is a combination of hand-drawn and vector designed elements set in a beautiful diamond print format.
Introducing ‘Doc Brown's Authentic Flux Capacitor’ - making time-travel possible. My contribution to the New Rule Collective 1.21 Gigawatts exhibition held at The Print Space London. For the exhibition, artists were asked to create an A2 poster inspired by any part of the Back To The Future trilogy for an illustrated tribute book. For me, one of the most important references throughout all 3 of the films was the 'Flux Capacitor’, first introduced to us by 'Doc' in a dimply lit carpark in episode one just before the damn Libyans arrive and shoot him to pieces (spoiler alert). Think about it… without the Flux Capacitor, there would be no time travel. No time travel = No Back To The Future franchise. Simple!
For Little White Lies Magazine issue 53 - MUPPETS MOST WANTED I curated the parody project 1979 - a series of artworks from 6 different artists that took classic films from 1979 but replaced their actors, directors and leading stars with characters from the Muppets. For my own artwork, I chose Russ Meyers 'Beneath The Valley Of The Ultra Muppets' Starring the 'Piggy Twins' and Directed by 'Gonzo Meyer'. And I gotta say, Miss Piggy has never looked sexier. Rawwwrrrr.
HEY FOLKS! Afraid of falling of a wall? Don't be a Numpty says Mr. Dumpty. Insure yourself now! My illustration for Happy Ending Agency's HAPPILY EVER AFTER charity group exhibition held at Print Space London. The theme of the exhibition was 'Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes' and for my print I chose to interpret the tale of Humpty Dumpty who fell off a wall into a silly personal insurance ad. Just a bit of fun.
Finished illustrations for the annual Secret7" charity exhibition whereby 700+ artists were asked to create one-off original 7" record sleeves for 7 records that are donated and pressed by some of the worlds leading recording artists. These two are for HAIM and NICK DRAKE. The exhibition takes place on world record-store day and all money from record sales goes to charity which changes each year. An artwork you can play? on a record? For charity? You had me at hello.