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Russell Tyler

Born 1981 in Summertown, Tennessee. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Tyler received his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and BFA from Concordia University in Montreal.

Tyler’s practice consists of two complementary qualities: the gestural and the hard edge, or geometric.

The geometric paintings are redolent of both the history of abstract painting as well as the contemporary image space of the computer screen. While sensuous and tactile, with expressively applied oil paint and rich impasto, the work is also highly structured and unfolds with deliberate shifts in color schemes and forms. The work invites a playful dialogue with several dueling movements from the history of abstraction, including Minimalism, Concrete Art, and Expressionism. While Tyler’s work shows the strong influence of artists from these movements such as Josef Albers, the work is also distinctly of its time, related to digital technologies both outmoded and new. The unfolding blocks of color refer to the computer’s organization of virtual dimensional space on a flat surface. 

The gestural paintings push the boundaries of confined space by allowing a certain cosmic wildness in which colors collide. Clearly influenced by Philip Guston and Cy Twombly, the work allows for drips, splotches, and textures which are meaningfully applied or randomly allowed to come through on the surface.

Tyler has had solo exhibitions at Richard Heller Gallery in California, Denny Gallery in New York, B15 Gallery in Copenhagen and EbersMoore Gallery in Chicago. He has received press coverage in Artforum, The New York Times, NY Arts Magazine, and La Monde.

1981 Summertown, TN
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

MFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

BFA, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


New Works, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (Forthcoming)

Strange Variants, Denny Gallery, New York, NY
T.B.D., Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva

Collision Course, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Galerie Bernard Ceylon, Saint-Etienne, France

Radiant Fields, Denny Gallery, New York, NY
Untitled Art Fair, Denny Gallery, Miami, FL
Lo-Fi, Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Lo-Fi, Gordon Gallery 2, Tel Aviv, Israel

Analogue Future, DCKT Contemporary, New York, NY
Geometric Means, B15 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Fortune Teller, Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA
Bad Paintings, EbersMoore Gallery, Chicago, IL

Decomposing in the Land of Paradise, Freight + Volume Gallery, New York, NY


The Secret Life Of Plants, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
Come As You Are, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, Canada
Group Exhibition, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

BOSCO, Simovac Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Three-person exhibition: Matt Mignanelli, Brian Rochefort and Russell Tyler, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The City & The City, Denny Gallery (Pop Up), New York, NY
Né un 2 Juillet, Galerie Derouillon, Paris, France
9999, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY
Grafforists, curated by Max Presneill, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Two on Two, The Hole, New York, NY

Two-person exhibition, Ampersand Gallery, Portland, OR
Between the Lines, Two-person exhibition with Matt Mignanelli, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City
Trudy Benson/Russell Tyler, Retrospective Gallery, Hudson, NY
Metamodern, Denny Gallery, New York, NY
Trudy & Russell, East Hampton Shed, East Hampton, NY
New Digs, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT
Complex Decisions, CES Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Spat Spell, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, NY
Linear Abstraction, SCAD Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
On the Benefits of Delayed Gratification, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, NY

This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
OK Great THANKS this is SO RIDICULOUS, ACME, Los Angeles, CA
OK Great REALLY this is ALSO RIDICULOUS, DCKT Contemporary, New York, NY
I ♥ Paint, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Second Sight, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Sunscreen, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY
New Tenets in Geometric Abstraction, Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago, IL
Graphic Thoughts, CES Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Windows, Denny Gallery, New York, NY Acid Summer, DCKT Contemporary, New York, NY
Against Nature: Hard Edge Abstraction, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY
Surfacing, Mark Wolfe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Tectonic Drift, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY
SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Ballast Projects, Old School, New York, NY

Aggro Crag, Bosi Contemporary, New York, NY
Gastspiel Paris Munich, Galerie van de Loo Projekte, Munich, Germany
Embassy of Painters, Appels Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NEU!, EbersMoore Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Double Dirty Dozen (& Friends), Freight + Volume Gallery, New York, NY

Mr. Killer & Lady Paranoia. Act I, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France
Behind the Green Door, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Ah, Wilderness!, EbersMoore Gallery, Chicago, IL Dead Cat Bounce, ArtLexis, Brooklyn, NY

Heartbreak Hotel, Freight + Volume Gallery, New York, NY Giver, Union Gallery, New York, NY

Fisk Frisk Magazine: Opening: Matt Mignanelli / Brian Rochefort / Russell Tyler – Heller Gallery – Santa Monica CA.
Schneider, Hans. “Last Chance: ‘Russell Tyler Exhibiton’ at Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Koerich, Luxembourg,” Blouin Artinfo, December 4
Collectors Susan and Michael Hort’s Picks from Art Brussels 2016,” Artspace. April 23.
Kerr, Dylan. “I Know What You Did Last Spring/Break: Fair Founders Ambre Kelly and Andrew
Gori’s 9 Most Memorable Booths,” Artspace. February 26.
Herriman, Kat. “How Five New York Artist Couples Share Space,” New York Times Style Magazine
(Online). February 11.

Editors. “Susan and Michael Hort’s Picks from Miami Art Week 2015.” Artspace, December 4.
Kopel, Dana. “Tangible Textures: Trudy Benson and Russell Tyler at Retrospective Gallery.” Modern Painters. November 11.
Stopa, Jason. “Russell Tyler Radiant Fields.” The Brooklyn Rail, June 3.

Micchelli, Thomas. “The Pursuit of Art, 2014.” Hyperallergic, December 27.
Laluyan, Oscar. “PICTURE THIS: Sight Un-Scene at Brian Morris Gallery.” Arte Fuse, June 25.

Sengbusch, Mark. “Muted Beauty: Russell Tyler at DCKT Contemporary.” NY Arts Magazine, Jan. 15.
Micchelli, Thomas. “At Play in the Fields of Paint: Russell Tyler’s ‘Analogue Future.’” Hyperallergic, Jan. 11.
Micchelli, Thomas. “Painting, Perception, and the Emphatically Handmade.” Hyperallergic, Dec. 14.
Donayre, Aylah. “11 Must See Works at Miami Project Art Fair”, December 5.
Rivers, Tina. “’Windows’: Denny Gallery,”, November.
Micchelli, Thomas. “Stay Cool: Art, August, and Acid,” Hyperallergic, August 24.
McKinney, Kathryn. “Review: “Surfacing” group exhibition at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, San Francisco,” San Francisco Arts Quarterly, August.
Keeting, Zachary. “Russell Tyler, June 2013,” Gorky’s Granddaughter, July 2.
Micchelli, Thomas. “Running the Gamut: Trudy Benson’s Flamboyant Restraint,” Hyperallergic, May 4.
“Fresh Air from Ballast Projects at SPRING/BREAK Art Show,” Babes at the Museum, March.
Eberhart, Jennifer. “Art fair highlight: SPRING/BREAK,” Examiner, March 10.

Crowley, Huey. “Studio Visit: Trudy Benson and Russell Tyler,” Beautiful Decay, December 25.
Perrine, Forrest. “Russell Tyler’s Goopy Shapes,” Beautiful Decay, October 23.
Kimball, Whitney. “Four Shows: NYC,” New American Paintings, September 21.
Meier, Allison. “Three Summer MFA Shows Tackle Painting and its Discontent,” Hyperallergic, July 26.
Quinn, Bryony. “Russell Tyler,” It’s Nice That, March 30.
Stopa, Jason. “30 Artists to Watch in 2012,” NY Art’s, February.

Dagen, Philippe. “Mr. Killer and Lady Paranoia,” Le Monde, July.


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