PTC’s Digital Art(Net)work Presents: David Tycho

March 15th, 2014

Currently, Paint the City is working with Vancouver-based abstract artist, David Tycho. The works presented on the “Digital Art(Net)work” are a reflection of David’s relationship with extreme environments, having lived in the wilderness of northern Canada and the urban dynamism of central Tokyo. David’s works are ultimately explorations of lines, colors, form and gesture and their ability to elicit emotional responses.


David Tycho Biography

David Tycho was born in Vancouver, Canada, 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.

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In 1990, David began working through a number of abstract styles: from gestural, painterly expressionism, to hard-edged minimalism.Kyoto, 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 Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline and Willem deKooning, and David soon began to explore abstraction for himself.

In1995, Tycho began making frequent sojourns into wilderness areas—from the austere deserts of California and Nevada to the coastal rainforests 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 Japan and Japanese art, and the ensuing Japan Series is informed and inspired by this. The paintings are more figurative in nature, containing a number of recognizable themes and motifs.

Recently, Tycho has been painting his Urban Rhythms series, originally inspired by the dynamism of Tokyo but now embracing a more general theme. He is also experimenting with collage techniques.

David has exhibited his works in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton, Whistler, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Seattle, Los Angeles, Brussels, Geneva, Singapore and Manila, and his work is collected on three continents. His paintings have also appeared in numerous feature films.

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 contributed to two books, written nine screenplays, two novels, and numerous short stories. He has frequently been interviewed on radio, television and for print media.

David divides his time between painting, writing, teaching, travelling, cycling, hiking and karate. He currently lives in Vancouver.


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