After having worked in traditional media since his early teens, Jim Tetlow was introduced to digital artwork via Photoshop in January 1994 while at Loughborough College of Art & Design. In 2000 a personal style began to emerge which he developed and refined over the coming years. Increasingly his focus has been on distortion of the human form, which for some has brought to mind the works of Francis Bacon.
Between 2004 and 2006 he contributed to a number of group exhibitions overseas, was featured in Contour magazine and was commissioned to provide artwork for the covers of a series of fictional "political sci-fi" books entitled Hikishio No Toki (Time of the Ebb Tide) for Japanese publishing company Kurodahan Press.
While living in Australia between 2005 and 2007 he returned to traditional media for a series of experimental canvases, sometimes making use of found natural objects to create bas-relief sculptural works, totally different to his digital pieces but with a similar interest in abstraction. He is now beginning to pursue this direction again.
Jim has been recording music in some form or other since 1990, currently focusing on a hybrid music encompassing instrumental and acousmatic elements. He has involved himself in Leicester's thriving music scene since 1997, playing in the following bands/duos/projects covering a wide variety of musical territory:
Audible Light (2014-)
Jaipur School Orchestra (2013-)
Muted Fnord (2011-2013)
People With Manners (2011-)
Anti War and Uncle Peace (2011-2012)
Harper Bourne (2010)
Memory Wire (2009-)
Focal Gaol (2009-2010)
Tetlow & Broadhurst (2007-)
Bluish, Ochra-H (1997-1998)
In recent years he has become involved in Chris Conway's monthly Quadelectronic improvisation events at Leicester's Quad Studios, becoming the project's archivist as well as a regular performer.
This has opened more doors to new friends and new musical encounters/experiences, inspiring the formation of Muted Fnord, Memory Wire, Bridge and People With Manners.
He has also begun to work in experimental video in an attempt to merge together his interests in visuals and music, most successfully to date in his piece Inkdance.