The paintings of Tyler Toews feature bold compositions blocked out in bright colours with loosely representational elements. The work incorporates the aesthetics of street art, from areas of paint drips to the artist's signature scrawled in thick paint like a graffiti tag in the bottom corner of a canvas. Abstract elements merge into faces sporting crudely painted jagged teeth and geometric facial features, creating a unique vocabulary that combines abstract expressionism and gestural painting styles.
“Toews is an artist I met at Attila Richard Lukacs' studio. I know that job as I was also an artists assistant in Attila's New York studio in the 1990s. Other artists who have worked with Attila are Tim Gardner and Eli Langer to name two. Tyler currently works as Attila's studio assistant and has done so for several years. In a section of the studio Lukacs stores new works and giant finished and unfinished canvases. It was in this area of Attila's studio that I saw something I had not seen before. I called Tyler over and asked him about these large fascinating canvases off to one side of Attila's main space. "Those are mine" he said. "Oh you are painting in this area," I responded, and sure enough I was indeed looking at Tyler's work and I was very impressed. Tyler's colour is good and his brush strokes and gestural marks have the confidence and authenticity of major expressionists. Basquiat and DeKooning come to mind but beyond shallow references my main point is that Tyler struck me as an authentic creator of exciting new paintings. Tyler has real star quality and is an artist to watch and collect." -Noah Becker, New York City, June 2014
This is Toews' first exhibition with Back Gallery Project.
Opening Reception: September 12, 2014 from 6-8pm
We are excited to announce our participation in Canada's most prestigious art fair.
Please look for us at booth #919.
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