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$ 16,000

Hidden Shame

Period 1980-1999
Materials Oil on linen
W. 48 in; H. 40 in;
W. 121.92 cm; H. 101.6 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date 1991
Description Signed and dated (at lower left): Valton 1991

Visionary self-taught artist, Valton Tyler, creates sophisticated drawings and oil on canvas paintings whose images depict futuristic, bizarre structures that simultaneously resemble plants, buildings, and machines. Born and based in Texas, Tyler initially turned to drawing as an emotional outlet to escape a troubled childhood. By the time Tyler reached his thirties, his skill had earned him the attention of Donald Vogel, founder of Valley House Gallery in Dallas, who then secured him a position with the printmaking department at Southern Methodist University, producing etchings. During this time, Tyler made an extensive series of prints (etchings and aquatints), out of whose unusual imagery his later drawings and paintings evolved. Often using landscapes as a backdrop, Tyler constructs organic, mechanistic, and surreal shapes which are the focal point of his compositions. Tyler refers to the elements of in his work as "my shapes" and regards them as possessing or being possessed by a life force.

In 2016, Edward M. Gómez and Chris Shields created a documentary, “Valton Tyler: Flesh is Fiction,” about Tyler’s life and work. The Amon Carter Museum of American in Forth Worth, Texas, held a major solo exhibition, “Invented Worlds of Valton Tyler,” of Tyler’s art in 2017, which brought together an etching series, along with graphite drawings and large-scale paintings.
Styles / Movements Contemporary
Dealer Reference Number M 10276D.003
Incollect Reference Number 196538
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