Tim Gratton delivers outstanding ‘body art’ to the advertising industry. He has mastered the art of body painting since he studied fine art in Amsterdam. The method he uses is to work with the art director and the creative team to deliver wthe intended outcome. His own art work commences with his classical art training where he displays a distinctive eye for drawing, painting and the outstanding art form ‘body art’.
Tim started out life in the North of England – Rochdale, North Manchester. As a young man growing up in 1970’s he joined the Royal Navy and went to sea; this early life of travel became a life long journey taking him not only around the world, it also lead him to live in a number of countries including Hungary. His rise to fame through his ‘body art’ saw him travel to the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South America. His longest stay was to be in Amsterdam before Australia became his second home. Tim has travelled around the world where his art both on canvas and body art has been his ticket to this international life. In more recent times he joined up with his manager/wife/muse Suzie who have worked together since 2002. One of the common themes between Tim and Suzie is their integrity to support charities. Tim has raised funds in Europe as well as Australia for UNESCO – refugees in Bosnia as well as here in Australia for Ted Noffs Foundation and Sydney Childrens Hospital Randwick. Together they have taken teams of artists to Europe to compete at body art competitons as well as producing body art competitions around Australia. Commercial advertising work has included the launch of Mazda CX5, Pepsi Max campaigns, Blackmores and many others. The world has been interested in knowing more about Tim and his extraordinary talent and a number of documentaries have been made featuring his adventures. Art of Bodypainting, Raw Art to name just two. In 2010 he and Suzie moved to the central west of NSW and made Dubbo their home. Here they worked together for a period of time and then purchased an old shop and cottage in the village of Wongarbon. In 2016 they opened the Gratton Gallery and short stay residence ‘ Peppercorn Cottage’. 2018 brought about more changes…in order for the village to retain its Post Office…Tim and Suzie introduced this service into the gallery…evolution and change is again embraced!
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Artist – partner
Tim Gratton, is a internationally recognised artist known for his cutting-edge work in body painting developed over the past 28 years throughout Europe, USA and Australia. He works in a variety of mediums including painting on canvas, paper and sculptures. Tim has trained artists around the world; he is chosen by many major companies to do major projects where he works with a team of make up artists, models & dancers around Australia and internationally. They collaborate with him and his clients to produce uniquely stylish body art.
His collaborations have created one off body art photography. Body painting has lead him to become a world leader in the art form as well as being awarded World Bodypainting Champion twice. In 1998 Tim developed the brand TG Aqua Colour (http://www.derivan.com.au/derivan-products/tim-grattons-body-paint.html) with Australian company Derivan together with his wife Suzanne they produce events, Festivals and competitions around Australia – trading as Precinct Sydney.
Manager – creative & business partner
Born in Sydney, Suzanne grew up around Sydney harbour with her adult professional life taking her into a number of areas. In the early years she worked for Walt Disney Productions as well as managing her family’s business producing fur and leather clothing. Once married she studied and practiced interior design where she specialised in delivering solutions to her clients homes where she especially enjoyed designing kitchens and bathrooms as well as furnishing their homes. Later she worked as a specifier to large interior design companies in Sydney that expanded her knowledge of materials. Always the business woman her skills and experience developed over time where she took up a number of roles developing businesses. Along the way a passion for fundraising grew and whilst organising a fundraising event for the Ted Noffs Foundation she met the artist Tim Gratton. The event she created and produced known as ‘eggstravaganza’ went on to raise over a number of years in excess of $500,000 for various charties. Some of the other charities who enjoyed Suzie’s fundraising skills included Garvin Institute & Sydney Childrens Hospital Randwick with the support of high profile artists as well as emerging artists. Suzie engaged commercial support came from Shangri la Hotel Sydney, Tiffanys as well as Susan Avery floral services and a band of volunteers. Suzanne has developed successful business models within the privae sector including the Cadry family (Cadrys Contemporary Rugs – Edgecliff). Since 2012 she managed a National Trust farm museum in Dubbo where she increased both visitation and event managed fund raising events including a Body art Festival, Garden Festival and Jazz events. Throughout the year she also delivered art exhibitions, weddings, corporate events including Envioronmental education conference dinner, medical industry dinners, regional church events as well as supporting local charities including ‘Pink Angels’, Women out West and collaborated with Macquarie Conservatorium of Music in the delivery of two recitals each year with performances by teachers and students whilst enjoying ‘high tea’. Catering is also part of her skills and passion starting out life working with Jane Tennant during the 1980’s she tested recipes and styled many photo shoots for magazines devoted to food. This earlier experience was brought forward at the museum where she also lead a team to cater many events. Now in last 2016 she is opening the Gratton Gallery cafe with Tim.
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