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David is an established Vancouver artist whose abstract and expressionist works have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Geneva, Brussels, Singapore and Manila, and his paintings are collected worldwide.

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ON EXHIBITION

My paintings are frequently exhibited at South Main Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.

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ABOUT ME

I seek out and am inspired by a variety of locations and subjects: from abandoned industrial zones, to congested city streets, to pristine wilderness areas, to the people I encounter along the way. I travel extensively and take countless photos, which I use as resource material and starting points for my paintings. I try to extract and express the essential elements of my chosen subjects, and eliminate any superfluous details. 

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BIOGRAPHY

David Tycho was born in Vancouver, and later attended the University of British Columbia, where he studied painting under renowned Canadian artist Gordon Smith. After working through a number of Modernist styles, he arrived at his personal interpretation of figurative expressionism, which remained his focus until moving to Asia in 1984.

In Japan, Tycho was exposed to Shodo, a Japanese style of calligraphic painting. He was particularly intrigued by the paintings of Zen monks, whose fluid, gestural brushwork often rendered the characters illegible, and ultimately abstract. At the same time, he was also inspired by the paintings of Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning, and David soon began to explore abstraction for himself.

In 1990, David began working through a number of abstract styles: from gestural, painterly expressionism, to hard-edged minimalism.

In 1995 Tycho began making frequent treks into wilderness areas: from the austere deserts of California and Nevada to the coastal rain forests of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Forms and colours of the natural environment found their way onto his palette, and, in combination with intuitive aesthetic impulses, the resulting works were a synthesis of landscape painting and abstraction.

A trip to Asia in 2011 rekindled David’s interest in the Orient, and his Japan Series was informed and inspired by this. The paintings are more figurative in nature, containing a number of recognizable Japanese themes and motifs.

From 2012 to 2016, Tycho’s work took on a markedly urban look, inspired by the paradoxical nature of large cities—environments that he interprets as being alluring but at the same time potentially alienating.

A return to landscape inspired painting in 2017 and early 2018 led to his Fire and Rain series, an abstracted account of a 9,000 km solo journey through western North America.

He has recently returned to figurative painting, as he explores the human condition.

David has exhibited his works in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Brussels, Geneva, Singapore, Manila, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, and his paintings are collected worldwide.

In addition to painting, Tycho is an often-published writer of articles on art, social issues and wilderness travel, and winner of a Canadian Literary Award for a personal essay on Nevada’s Great Basin Desert. He has also been interviewed on radio, television and for print media numerous times.

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TECHNIQUE

It starts with a memory or a photo--then aesthetic intuitions take over and I allow myself a great deal of artistic license in the execution of a painting. I am after the essence or mood of a subject or environment, not a literal rendering. I paint primarily with acrylics on canvas, and use trowels, palette knives, brushes, rags and rollers: whatever it takes to achieve the desired effect.

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EXPERTISE
AWARDS

First prize, Canadian Literary Awards, Travel Literature, 2001

PAST EXHIBITIONS

SOLO 

2018  Fire and Rain, South Main Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2017  Station to Station, South Main Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2016  Metropolis, South Main Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2015  Urban Rhapsody, B.C. Supreme Courthouse, Vancouver, Canada
2013  Urban Rhythms, Parker Street Studios, Vancouver, Canada
2012  The Japan Series, Parker Street Studios, Vancouver, Canada
2011  The Vital Gesture, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2010  The Vital Gesture, Gallery I.M.A., Seattle, U.S.A.
2008  The River Series, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2007  Black Tusk, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006  Recent Works, GBR Foundation, Manila, Philippines
1998  Elements II, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
1998  Elements II, Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1996  Elements, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
1995  Rain Shadow, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
1995  Primordial, City of Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, Canada
1994  Earth and Sky, Patrick Doheny Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1993  The Archetype Series, Alexander Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

 

ART FAIRS

2017  The Other Art Fair, New York, U.S.A.
2015  Art Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada

 

PUBLIC ART

2014  Paint the City Project, March - April: paintings projected on 22 giant
           digital billboards in Toronto,Vancouver and Montreal, Canada

 

GROUP 

2018  South Main Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2017  South Main Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
           Latitude Art Gallery, Calgary, Canada
           Frame Society Gallery, Singapore
2016  South Main Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
           Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Canada
           Latitude Art Gallery, Calgary, Canada
           Frame Society Gallery, Singapore

2015  Gallery I.M.A. Seattle, U.S.A.
           South Main Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
           Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Canada
           Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada
           Frame Society Gallery, Singapore
2014  Gallery I.M.A., Seattle, U.S.A.
           Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada
           Frame Society Gallery, Singapore
2013  Gallery I.M.A., Seattle, U.S.A.
           Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada
           Frame Society Gallery, Singapore
2012  Frame Society Gallery, Singapore
           Gallery I.M.A., Seattle, U.S.A.
2011  Frame Society Gallery, Singapore
           Gallery I.M.A., Seattle, U.S.A.
           Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2010  Frame Society Gallery, Singapore
           Gallery I.M.A, Seattle, U.S.A.
           Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2009  Masters Gallery, Calgary, Canada
            Gallery I.M.A., Seattle, U.S.A.
            Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008  Axis Contemporary Art, Calgary, Canada
            Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna, Canada
            Vistas and Visions, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2007  Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
            Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton, Canada
            Tribute to Rotonde, Gallery Gabrichidze, Brussels, Belgium
2005  University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

            Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
2004  Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
            Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
2003  Abstracte Elegant, Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
            Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, USA
2002  The Night Eclectic, Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
            Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
2001   Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
            Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
2000  Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
            Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1999  Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
           Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1998  La Galerie du Projet, Geneva, Switzerland
           Foster?white Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
           Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, Canada  

1997  The Atrium, Hong Kong Bank of Canada, Vancouver, Canada
           Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
           Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1996  Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
1995  Space, Time, Spirit, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, Canada
           Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
1994  Alexander Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
           Galerie Woltzen, Edmonton, Canada
           Shepard Gallery, Whistler, Canada
           Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A. 
1993  Alexander Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 
1992  Alexander Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

 

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PUBLICATIONS

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Podcast Interview

Radio Interview

Television Interview

Public Art Project Video

PRINT MEDIA

Discovering the Art of David Tycho, by Denis Taylor, Painters Tubes Magazine, Studio 5 Publishing, Sweden and the UK, October, 2018  magazine link

Fire and Rain, South Main Gallery Press, Vancouver, Canada, 2018

South Main Gallery Catalogue, South Main Gallery Press, Vancouver, Canada, 2017

The Mind's Eye: Canadian Literary Awards Winners, ECW Press, Toronto, Canada, 2006

David Tycho’s Beckoning Gestures, by Jennifer Moss, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, February 10, 2011

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