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Bullet is an interdisciplinary artist whose striking original works are
created using an amalgamation of drawing, graphic design and photography.
He calls his art style Graphic Fine Art.

E X H I B I T I O N S

 

August 13 , 2016 -
November 3, 2016
The Artist Table
Online 'Landscape'
Competition Exhibition
Honorable Mention Award
Juror: Jennifer Groves

August 1 - Dec. 31, 2016
Focus Point Shape
International Online
Art Gallery

Juried Group Show -
Urban Abstract Art Competition
Best in Show & 1st Place
Juror: Elizabeth Merchant

May 5, 2016 - May 8, 2016
Lurie Center Family Atrium
Chicago, IL
Juried Group Show -
Art in Motion
Juror: James Rondeau

Feb. 5, 2016 - Mar. 12, 2016
Kavanagh Gallery
St. Charles, IL
Juried Group Show -
Out of Bounds

July 31, 2015 - Nov. 15, 2015
Illinois State Museum
Lockport Gallery

Lockport, IL
Group Show -
The People's Art Exhibition

November 7 - Dec. 30, 2014
Benedictne University
Lisle, IL
Group Exhibition -
21st Century Portraiture
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October 14 - Nov. 22, 2014
Brickton Art Center
Park Ridge, IL
Group Exhibition -
The Abstract Show III
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April 2014 - June 2014
The Artist Table
Online 'Portrait'
Competition Exhibition

Feb. 22 - Mar. 6, 2014
Morpho Gallery
Group Exhibition

Mar. 3 - Mar. 31, 2014
Arterie Fine Arts Gallery
Group Exhibition

Dec. 2013 - Feb. 2014
The Artist Table
Online 'Abstraction'
Competition Exhibition

Sept. 2013 - Jan. 2014
Shirley Oberwortmann
Community Art Wall
Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Joliet, IL
Solo Exhibition

2009 - Ongoing
Rialto Square Theatre
Joliet, IL
Permanent Installation

2008 - 2010
Jitters Coffee House
Joliet, IL
Permanent Exhibition

July 2008
Ainsworth Gallery
Joliet, IL
Group Exhibition
Photographic Arts Society

1988
The Museum of
Contemporary Art

Chicago, IL
Artist's T-Shirt Exhibition

Timothy S. Kump (aka Bullet) is a professional artist, designer and photographer. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design in New York City in 1981.

Bullet's art, design and photography work has received over 60 awards for excellence and has been published in more than 90 international books and magazines.

Artist's Statement
Coming from a background in graphic design, my fine art work is based in either drawing or photography and
expresses a unique creative vision which embodies original, colorful, bold imagery with stylized graphic compositions. My work reflects my many varied interests and my artistic influences and inspirations are ever evolving.

Whatever creative discipline I start with, whether it's the human artistic skill of drawing, or the use of creative photography, the process next moves into the modern digital realm. Original drawings are scanned and recreated as digital art. Digital photographs are creatively altered and enhanced to magnify the aesthetic quality of each image while adding to the originality of each work. I thrive on creating imagery that exudes simple sophistication.

Like my commercial work, I hope my fine art is imbued with a modern, yet classic, timeless quality that can be appreciated and enjoyed for many years to come.

I digitally produce my works using state-of-the-art inkjet printing technologies and use museum quality, archival pigmented inks, archival papers and canvas as well as unusual framing materials such as wood, acrylic and aluminum. My printing process ensures that my creative vision is executed without compromise.

For more information about Bullet Fine Art or to set up an appointment to view or purchase original works, or to discuss a commission, please call: 815.919.4861


Extended Bio

B U L L E T.   M A N  O F  A R T.

Timothy S. Kump, aka Bullet, was born on November 6, 1958 in Joliet, Illinois.
He has been called a man of art by his friends and judged an award-winning artist, graphic designer and photographer by his peers. His command of the elements and principles of art; color, line, form, texture, contrast and balance is evident in his expertly visioned compositions. Bullet's creative skills have been developed and honed over the past forty years by relentlessly practicing art on a daily basis — for hours on end. His passion to create has always been, and still is, an innate driving force in his life.

Bullet began drawing at the age of six and since then has never stopped being creative. He is fortunate to have had parents who supported and encouraged his artistic nature and his dream to pursue a career as an artist. His love of drawing led to oil and acrylic realism painting as a youth, the art of pottery and the study of art history in his teens. At the age of 18 Bullet moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design.

Bullet began his professional career designing typefaces for the highly renowned Mergenthaler Linotype typeface design group in New York City. Bullet excelled at the precision and refined creativity that typeface design demands. His typeface design skills afforded him the opportunity to draw the custom logoytype for Connoisseur magazine when he was hired there as a designer. He worked for Tom Hoving at Connoisseur Magazine for two years before freelancing around New York at various graphic design firms and publishing houses. During this time, Bullet also photographed the billboards around New York City for a fine art series he calls Abstract Urban Expressionism. Two photos from this series were published in Art Direction magazine. It was the first of what would be many times that his fine art work was to be published.

After New York, Bullet moved to Chicago and founded Bullet Communications, Inc. His graphic design work for Bullet has received over 60 awards for design excellence and has been internationally published in more than 90 books and magazines. While living in Chicago, Bullet continued creating fine art including customized, hand-painted ‘Funiture’. He also began drawing the characters from his ‘Creative Genius’ series. His original ‘Creative Genius’ t-shirt was selected to be included in the Museum of Contemporary Art artist t-shirt exhibition.

Around 2000 after spending years doing photography for his clients’ commercial
design projects, Bullet started to create his own fine art photography. Bullet has
always considered photography to be an important tool in his creative arsenal. He
became increasingly eager to pursue more personally fulfilling fine art projects that combined his various creative talents.

The creation of several fine art series’ led him to recognize a personal style of
art developed through an amalgamation of drawing, graphic design and photography. He calls his style Graphic Fine Art.

The art Bullet creates for his commercial clients is “purpose driven”, thus his trademarked slogan Creativity with Purpose. The fine art works that Bullet creates are guided by personal aesthetic interests and at times his fine art works are conceptual as well. The irony in distinguishing between commercial and fine art is that while fine art is based in being creative to satisfy one’s personal artistic vision, the ultimate goal of commercial and fine art is still the same. That goal is commerce; sell the art to an appreciative purchaser.

Bullet believes that if everyone from an early age was encouraged to tap their inner artist the world would be a much better place.



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