Invented Worlds of Valton Tyler
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For more than forty years, Texas artist Valton Tyler (b. 1944) has depicted unparalleled worlds from his imagination. His captivating artworks feature unique interplays of identifiable, organic, mechanistic, and surreal shapes, which often rise from mountain, desert, or arctic landscapes. One of the only etching series he ever created, along with graphite drawings and large-scale paintings, are brought together for the first time in this book.
Tyler has always made art primarily for himself, “I must draw and paint,” he says, “If I don’t, I become depressed.” Born in Texas City on the Gulf Coast, Tyler turned to drawing as an emotional outlet during his troubled childhood. Although he never attended classes or received any formal training, he pursued his passion for art. By his twenties, he was offering drawings to friends and relatives in exchange for room and board. In 1970 Donald Vogel, founder of Valley House Gallery in Dallas, recognized Tyler’s talent and secured an opportunity for him to create etchings in the printmaking studio at Southern Methodist University. With renewed confidence from his printmaking experiences, Tyler began painting his otherworldly places in a range of brilliant colors that enliven his unique forms. Today, the artist continues to sketch and paint at his current home in Garland, Texas. In addition to this ePublication, this catalogue was published in a limited-edition printed form that is available from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.