Tyler Bewley was raised in Oakland and now lives and works in San Francisco. In addition to being a painter, he is a K – 8th grade art teacher. Bewley’s work has been shown around the Bay Area and in a number of literary publications.
Tyler’s show with Ramis Kim, Above You, Below Me, opens this Saturday, May 8th:
LittleBird at Grain
3135 Glendale Blvd.LA, CA 90039
7 - 9pm
Gallery located in back studio
What is your earliest art-related memory?
I remember receiving my first art lesson from my mom who is an art historian. I am pretty sure I was three, and that we were drawing bunnies. My mother played a huge role in exposing me to the arts as a child and young adult.
Who has had the greatest influence on your work?
The Mission district is full of bright and exciting murals of local artists like Andrew Schultz and Barry McGee. The aesthetic that is prevalent amongst the younger San Francisco art scene has played such a role in forming my own style. I am also an avid surfer and I enjoy the works of Thomas Campbell who had a studio at a local break I surfed growing up.
What are the main tools of your craft?
Watercolor, gauche, acrylic, spray-paint, xacto knives, coffee.
Is a formal education important?
Yes, but so is experience.
What is the biggest misconception about art?
That one can ever really reach a final destination or growth point with their art.
You are never fully matured as an artist. Art for the individual is ever evolving and changing. An artist exists in a relationship with his or her work that expands and takes on new dimension with every endeavor and experience.
Which is more important in art - concept or execution?
I think ideally they should coexist. However, there is a concept in the music world that is if you strip away all of the production and embellishment from a song, it should stand on its own. Essentially, without a strong concept, there is no base for the execution.
What theme or aesthetic are you most drawn too?
I am intrigued by the conversation between man-made structures, commercial development, and the natural environment. Aesthetically, I am attracted to the Mission School, and pop surrealism. However, I am also fascinated with Chinese and Japanese landscape paintings, as well as with the brilliant color and pattern found in Tibetan Buddhist thangka paintings.
What is your favorite piece of art in your home?
I currently have a lovely picture of a dinosaur eating flowers hanging on my wall that one of my kindergarteners gave me. It is green with pink spots.
If you could collaborate with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Frank Herbert or Phillip k Dick. I am a huge Sci-Fi nerd.
Which emerging artist do you think more people should know about?
Casey Jex Smith
What has been your greatest achievement to date?
That I am able to pursue my art and create things that are exciting and meaningful to others.
What has been your biggest roadblock?
Time! There is never enough!
How do you define success?
Production. I am someone who is always working and producing. I feel successful only if I am reaching goals, making new ones, creating, and in general never having a moment to pause.
What will be the name of your autobiography?
I think I need to live more of my life to really have an answer for this one. I guess “In Progress” will work for now.
What is the best piece of (art-related) advice you’ve ever been given?
Being a professional artist is not only about making art when one feels greatly inspired. One needs to be able to make art and continuously interact with their work whether or not they are feeling a burst of creative energy.
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