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David explores a variety of environments and phenomena in his art. He is most interested in the relationship between abstraction and representation, as he continues to expand his understanding of form, colors, gesture, and paint application.

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David Tycho is a Canadian artist, whose style is the result of several artistic influences, such as modernist styles, figurative expressionism and Shodo - a Japanese style of calligraphic painting, which marked his paintings until 1990.

However, from the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to explore abstraction for himself, especially thanks to the inspiration of artists such as Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning. Consequently, he started to experiment with the different abstract styles, trying to find his unique way.

The subjects in his paintings have always been about nature and landscapes, as wilderness areas, which are also the destinations of his travels, such as in California or Nevada. Until 2012, when he started to depict the urban environments of large cities, which seem to be, according to the artist, alienating and fascinating at the same time.

Hence, his paintings portray the peace and the serenity of natural landscapes, as well as the frenzy of the urban environment. As it can be seen in his artworks, his interest is related to the tension between abstraction and representation, because his aim is to explore new environments and subjects for his art. In fact, he keeps trying to develop his use of colors and shapes, and the use of different mediums, such as photography and digital images printed on aluminum.

“Summer” is an example of his artworks which summarize his art style. The subject depicted is a wild natural landscape, with someone taking a walk, which reminds the panoramas of the artist’s travels in the nature of the USA. Moreover, as it can be seen here, the colors of the environment depicted blend together with the artist’s palette, creating a synthesis of landscape painting and abstraction, and attracting the viewer’s eye to discover where that road could lead.


David Tycho. Summer. Courtesy of Art Works Gallery


David Tycho paints the environments through a complete abstract style, as happens with “Wild West End”. Here, the environment depicted seems to be a fusion between the land and the sky, without giving the possibility to the viewer to understand if there are other characters in the painting. The single brush strokes make the characters illegible. In fact, every single element is represented as a unified thing, and they are fused together. At this point, the viewer is free to use and expand his imagination, immersing himself in the painting.


David Tycho. Wild West End. Courtesy of Art Works Gallery

David Tycho’s art is famous worldwide, exhibiting his artworks in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Singapore, Geneva and Brussels. His style shows generally an influence of the Asian and the Western world, which represent his interest in the Orient and Japanese themes and motifs, and also in his long solo journeys through western North America, whose landscapes are depicted in his artworks.

Cover image: David Tycho. Cascadia no.4. Courtesy of Art Works Gallery

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