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Russell Tyler

Born 1981 in Summertown, Tennessee. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Russell Tyler's recent paintings are a playful, method-based approach to abstraction, as opposed to his earlier series which captured an expressionist bravura or cool geometry. In these new works, Tyler uses mid-sized canvases that are deceivingly large in scale with outlined marks that act as drop shadows and compositions that stretch edge to edge.Alternating between a vertical and horizontal format these works flirt with references to weeds, trees, and ponds without veering into representational territory. Rather, they read as graphic, punchy abstractions painted with close value ranges, about 5 colors to each work, overlapping think washes with thick impastoed handling.

Some works, like "RMP" fashion themselves as dynamic, sensual contrasts.Here, two large, dark curvilinear forms are balanced by a light, salmon-colored one that cuts through the center of the canvas.Other works, like "RV", "FLP," and "YP", feel celebratory as multi-colored tendril-like marks splinter off from the center toward the edge of the canvas.The value contrasts combine with the compositional treatment to create an explosive effect reminiscent of fireworks against a night sky.

Tyler received his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and his B.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal. He has had solo exhibitions at Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, Denny Gallery in New York City, Galerie Bernard Ceysson in France, Ribordy Contemporary in Switzerland, DCKT Contemporary in New York City, Freight + Volume in New York City, Alon Segev Gallery in Tel Aviv, Gordon Gallery 2 in Tel Aviv, and EbersMoore Gallery in Chicago. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Torrance Art Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Anonymous Gallery, Retrospective Gallery, The Fireplace Project, Ana Cristea Gallery, Thierry Goldberg Gallery,ACME (Los Angeles), among others. His work has been reviewed or featured in Artforum, Hyperallergic, Modern Painters, T The New York Times Style Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and Le Monde.

1981 Summertown, TN
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

MFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

BFA, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Altered State, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (Forthcoming - January 6 - February 10, 2018)

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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