A Texas inventor whose efforts to unlock 17th century painting techniques were chronicled in the 2013 documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” will speak later this month in San Luis Obispo.
Tim Jenison, who founded the San Antonio, Texas, tech firm NewTek, will participate in a question-and-answer session Sept. 30 following a free screening of the film at the Spanos Theatre.
He’ll also take part in the free Oct. 1 talk “Bending the Rules of Art & Science with Tim Jenison” at Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library.
Jenison’s process is the subject of the free interactive photography exhibit “Tim’s Vermeer: Tim Jenison Up-Close,” running Sept. 14 through Oct. 3 in the Kennedy Library’s Community Gallery. It includes a special one-day showing of his painting “Claire with a Pearl Earring” on Sept. 30.
Jenison spent eight years trying to decipher how Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, best known for his portrait “Girl with the Pearl Earring,” managed to create photorealistic works some 150 years before the invention of photography. Jenison’s journey is the subject of “Tim’s Vermeer,” directed by Teller of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller.
Jenison’s San Luis Obispo visit is sponsored by Cal Poly and presented by Cal Poly scenic design professor Pegi Marshall.
For more information, call Catherine Trujillo at 756-6395.