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Russell Tyler

Ballast Projects

An Independent Curatorial Initiative by Adam G. Mignanelli

Russell Tyler


Tyler-Operating System,30''x40'', Oil on canvas, 2013  


Born in Tennessee

Lives in New York, New York


MFA Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY

BFA Concordia University, Montreal, QC

Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC

Tyler’s paintings are inspired by images from outdated sources such as early video game graphics, computer screens and old television.  He places the work in the crude digital landscapes of 8-bit graphics.  There is a shallow depth to the paintings as well as a simple color language.  Tyler sees his interaction with the picture plane as not unlike my relationship with the screen.  There is a sense of the hypothetical to the work; the paintings could be a setting for an action that will never take place.  The paintings are in part blurred memories of the technologies he grew up with.  These imaging systems inform both how he compose the painting as well as how the work is read by the viewer.


Recent Exhibitions include: 2013: Brian Morris Gallery, Tectonic Drift, New York, NY  |  2012: Bosi Contempoary, Aggro Crag, New York, NY  |  Galerie van de Loo Projekte,  Gastspiel Paris Munich Teil 2”, Munich  |  2011: Mr. Killer & Lady Paranoia. Act I, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris  |  2010: EbersMoore Gallery, Ah Wilderness, Chicago IL  |  ArtLexis, Dead Cat Bounce, Brooklyn, N.Y.


Russell Tyler has been recently published in: Johnson, Ken, The Double Dirty Dozen (& Friends), NY Times, August 2012

Meier, Allison. Three Summer MFA Shows Tackle Painting and its Discontent, Hyperallergic,  July 2012, Stopa, Jason, 30 Artists to Watch in 2012, NY Art’s, February 2012