In my position as Editor of Tubes… I spend a great amount of time looking at literally hundreds of paintings in any one month. Every now and then one work has that ‘uniqueness’ and the paint application encourages me to go back and look thrice. When that happens it’s a sort of mix of artistic instinct and curiosity that propels me to find out more about the artist who created it.
A year or so ago, one such artwork was by David Tycho. It was his painting “When Night Falls” that initiated my investigation—not that the work exploded with ‘brilliance’ as such, but there seemed something behind the piece that promised to uncover an artist with authentic originality, and whose work was created with tension and honesty.
Here is what I discovered about David Tycho, the artist and his Art from 1992 through to 2017….His recent work is going to be really interesting to view
David Tycho was born in Vancouver [Canada] and he attended the University of British Columbia, where he was fortunate to have as a tutor the highly respected Canadian artist [British born] Gordon Smith [to view Gordon Smith’s work go to the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition documentary on: (https://vimeo.com/239001094) Smith’s main concern was the application of paint on a surface in a representative/abstract painting method. The other important influence that fuelled David’s desire to be an artist was his other tutor, Jack Darcus, whose thick paint application [impasto] impressed Tycho and influenced him to tune the creative craft aspect of his own art, subsequently helping him to paint with greater clarity and confidence. His work at this time was based in figurative painting.
…David qualified with a teaching Fine Art degree from university in 1983, but without good prospects for employment as a teacher, due to the economic environment at the time, he struggled to make a living and was forced in having to take on odd jobs to make ends meet. By chance, he saw an advertisement for a teaching position in Japan. After speaking with a few people who had already taken a job [in Japan] who told him it was a valuable experience, David saved enough money to travel to Asia. He stayed in Asia for four years teaching English. However, he was always involved with art, in one form or another.
nature called in 2017…
By 2017, nature called once more to the Artist. His plan was to paint nature from wet to dry, i.e., using the wettest places and the driest places accessible to him as sources of inspiration. This involved a road camping trip that saw the artist travel from ‘Cascadia’ (Pacific Northwest) all the way south to Death Valley in California. The entire series was given the title ‘Fire and Rain,’ which reflected the extremes in geography and climate that David had experienced.
And this is where I came in. The painting “When Night Falls” is a return to the original subject matter that David began his artistic path on, i.e. Figuration. He felt now that he was more wise and complete [but not yet completed] as a painter, he wanted to see what he could now achieve with the human form and, from my viewpoint, integrate those figures with all that he learned from 1993 to 2018—some 25 years of painting experiences.
David quotes and takes to heart the words of the famous Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai: “I have drawn things since I was six. All that I made before the age of sixty-five is not worth counting. At seventy-three I began to understand the true construction of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes, and insects. At ninety I will enter into the secret of things. At a hundred and ten, everything, every dot, every dash…will live.”
And so when painters TUBES® gallery decided that I could invite one guest artist to exhibit their latest work every month it wasn’t so difficult to come up with a list – my problem was how many, and who should I write down? I have started to write the list and the first name on it is David Tycho… I do hope he will be agreeable to my idea for a solo exhibition for him….
You can view David’s work on…www.tychoart.com