Russell Tyler

Born in 1981, in Summertown, USA.
Lives and works in New York, USA.


MFA, Pratt Institute, New York, USA

BFA, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Russell Tyler creates geometric paintings redolent of both the history of abstract painting and of the contemporary image space of the computer screen. While sensuous and tactile with impasto oil paint, Tyler's work is also highly structured and unfolds with deliberate shifts in color schemes and forms.
He has had solo exhibitions at Denny Gallery, Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, DCKT Contemporary in New York City, Freight + Volume in New York City, B15 Gallery in Copenhagen, Fouladi Projects in San Francisco, and EbersMoore Gallery in Chicago. He has received press coverage in Artforum, Modern Painters, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Artspace, The Brooklyn Rail, NY Arts Magazine, and Le Monde.
Russell Tyler's paintings celebrate paintings history. He seamlessly combines  previously distinct painting lineages into a language all his own.  He begins with three major painterly characterizations of space: the cinematic, the theatrical, and the digital.  Working with a range of sizes, his surfaces are composed of densely layered color, texture and structure, highlighting a conceptual and material driven exploration of mark-making. 

Tyler has two bodies of work - one is gestural, the other geometric.  In the former, wildly expressive paint handling meets a faint sense of structure. He applies thick impasto to create luminous fields, drips, and splotches of color.  His palette ranges from pastels, vivid neon, to deep blacks.  The edges are framed by thin rectangular bands of color.  These crisply painted bands border Tyler's highly expressive mark-making, rendering it frozen with a lingering sensation of movement.  These works are animated, raucous, recalling the near-violent masterworks of Abstract Expressionism re-envisioned with a conceptual edge.   

His other body of work explores thickly painted, monochromatic rectangular forms that repeat and vary in scale.  He also uses a framing device of thinly painted bands in this series.  These repeating rectangular forms allow Tyler to  experiment with the relativity of color and how it changes through placement, interaction and density.  Joseph Albers chose his shapes to avoid symbolism.  In contrast, Tyler is interested in referencing technology, specifically how a computer screen sets up windows that open and collapse for access to information. These works are optical, revealing the psychological effects of color and how the screen has changed our reception of images.  
Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Russell Tyler, Saint-Etienne
September 22 - December 22, 2016

Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Feed the Meter, Wandhaff
September 23 - December 16, 2017

Solo Shows

Collision Course, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, USA

UNTITLED, Denny Gallery, Miami Beach, USA
Radiant Fields, Denny Gallery, New York, USA
Lo-Fi, Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Lo-Fi, Gordon Gallery 2, Tel Aviv, Israel

Analogue Future, DCKT Contemporary, New York, USA
Geometric Means, B15 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Fortune Teller, Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, USA
Bad Paintings, EbersMoore Gallery, Chicago, USA

Decomposing in the Land of Paradise, Freight+ Volume Gallery, New York, USA

Group Shows

9999, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, USA
Grafforists, curated by Max Presneill, Musée d'Art de Torrance, Torrance, USA
Art Brussels, with The Hole Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Two on Two, The Hole, New York, USA

Matthew Feyl & Russell Tyler, Ampersand Gallery, Portland, USA
With Matt Mignanelli, Between the Lines, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
Trudy Benson/ Russell Tyler, Retrospective Gallery, Hudson, USA
Metamodern, Denny Gallery, New York, USA
Trudy & Russell, East Hampton Shed, East Hampton, USA
New Digs, Ober Gallery, Kent, USA
Complex Decisions, CES Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Spat Spell, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, USA
Linear Abstraction, SCAD Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, USA
On the Benefits of Delayed Gratification, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, USA

This One's Optimistic: Pincushion, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, USA
OK Great THANKS this is SO RIDICULOUS, ACME, Los Angeles, USA
OK Great REALLY this is ALSO RIDICULOUS, DCKT Contemporary, New York, USA
I (Heart) Paint, Angel Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Second Sight, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, USA
Sunscreen, James Graham& Sons, New York, USA
New Tenets in Geometric Abstraction, Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago, USA
Graphic Thoughts, CES Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA

Windows, Denny Gallery, New York, USA
Acid Summer, DCKT Contemporary, New York, USA
Against Nature: Hard Edge Abstraction, James Graham & Sons, New York, USA
Surfacing, Mark Wolfe Gallery, San Fransisco, USA
Tectonic Drift, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, USA
SPRING/ BREAK Art Show, Ballast Projects, Old School, New York, USA

Aggro Crag, Bosi Contemporary, New York, USA
Gastspiel Paris Munich,Van de Loo Projeckte Gallery, Munich, Germany
Embassy of Painters, Appeks Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NEU!, EbersMoore Gallery, Chicago, USA
The Double Dirty Dozen (& Friends), Freight + Volume Gallery, New York, USA

Mr. Killer & Lady Paranoia, Act I, Poad-Hardouin Gallery, Paris, France
Behind the Green Door, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, USA

Ah, Wilderness!, EbersMoore Gallery, Chicago, USA
Dead Cat Bounce, ArtLexis, New York, USA

Heartbeak Hotel, Freight + Volume Gallery; Union Gallery, New York, USA
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.

Susan and Michael Hort's Picks From Miami Art Week 2015, Artspace Magazine, December 4.
Kopel, Dana. Tangible Textures: Trudy Benson and Russell Tyler at Retrospective Gallery, Modern Painters, web september 17, print november.
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 Galler, Arte Fuse, June 25.

Sengbusch, Mark. Muted Beauty: Russell Tyler at DCKT Contemporary, NY Arts Magazine, January 15.
Micchelli, Thomas. At Play in the Fields of Paint: Russell Tyler's "Analogue Future" Hyperallergic, January 11.
Micchelli, Thomas. Painting, Perception, and the Emphatically Handmade Hyperallergic, December 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 2.
Feed the Meter Vol. 2
Feed the Meter Vol. 2
December 12, 2017
Russell Tyler
Russell Tyler
October 27, 2016