Tim Molloy - "The Garden of The Cryptobotanist" - watercolour and indian ink on watercolour paper. 37 x 37cm ( 14.6"x14.6")
The Garden of The Cryptobotanist
Watercolour and indian ink on watercolour paper.
Image: 37 x 37cm ( 14.6"x14.6")
With frame: 52 x 52cm (20.5"x20.5")
Tim Molloy (Melbourne, Australia) makes weird comics. His main character, Mr. Unpronounceable, has now wandered through some 400 grotesque pages and two award-winning collections.
Molloy’s work is an ever-expanding and interconnected web of dreamlike and nightmarish storylines soaked heavily in delusion, confusion and a general sense of unease. He draws heavily on surrealist techniques, symbolist ideas, synchronicity and dreams to construct his stories. Recurring themes include death, rebirth, the nature and expansion of consciousness, self-destruction and discovery. There is a kind of pre-apocalyptic tension throughout, balanced with a sense of humor.
Molloy has been making art in one form or another since he could clutch a crayon. In his last year of high school, he became involved with self-publishing and the poetry/art/comics/music scene in his hometown of Auckland City, New Zealand. He studied animation and went on to work in the local industry for a couple of years before moving to Australia almost a decade ago. After some time in Melbourne he was picked up by Jacky Winter Illustration Agency, and later Milk Shadow Books began publishing his comics. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals, art shows, festivals, conventions and fairs.
When Molloy is not making comics, he fronts the Sci-Fi-delic party band Plague Doctor and works in an art store. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, son, and two cats.