Tim McCool

A Building Is A Neighborhood 

The sun draws nearer to the horizon, and the shadows of trees, chimneys, and satellite dishes are getting longer. The artist’s eye is drawn to the delicately curving shapes cast by window frames onto curtains. It’s at these moments, at this time of day, during these walks around town, when Tim McCool finds most of his inspiration.

In this latest series of 20 drawings, neighborhoods from the artist’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are depicted alongside houses and details from trips to other American settings. Locations include both the urban and suburban, and all are drawn in McCool’s unique color palette consisting of yellow highlights paired with soft pinks and purple shadows. 

Many of the subjects are depicted head on, the sun striking the face of the house, bathing it in the fleeting warmth of 4 or 5 PM. The potential for these drawings exist only for a matter of minutes before the sun continues down past the horizon, making the discovery of certain shadows and patterns a completely random, chance occurrence.


Timothy McCool is an Austin, Texas-based artist. McCool received his Master’s of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, in Boston, MA. 

McCool has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, Carroll & Sons Gallery in Boston, MA, Room 68 Gallery in Provincetown, MA, and LAUNCH F18 in NYC, NY. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Boston Center for the Arts, and the Gerry-Wood Gallery at the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence RI.

Upcoming exhibits include solo shows at the Rusteberg Gallery at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, TX, and at Anderson Yezerski in Boston, MA, and a group show at the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art in Athens, GA.

McCool has been the artist in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts, the Studios Program at MASS MoCA, and at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland. McCool recently completed a two month artist residency at the Bryn Du Mansion in Granville, OH, where these drawings were completed.

East End Ave Quick shop
School Day Quick shop
Corner of Savannah and Biddle Quick shop
Pale Pink Shadows Quick shop
Trowbridge Street Quick shop
Pennwood Avenue Quick shop
Walking in Bloomfield Quick shop
Sunshine on East End Ave Quick shop
Cullen Street Quick shop
Air Conditioner Quick shop
Elm Street Quick shop
Gertrude Street Quick shop