Tyler Lyke’s Work, Gay or Not


Installed this in the OP Convention Center a few years back: acrylic over heavy gesso, with an insane amount of in-painting.  Met Tyler in the 80s, and stayed in touch as his career went from undergrad work at KU, to grad work at the Penn Academy, to independent artist in Philly.  He’s gay, though that doesn’t come out in his work directly.

He’s also kind, endlessly passionate, has endured his family woes stoically (since most gays endure family woes), and never ceases to approach the empty canvas with renewed vigor.  Lord I admire his guts.

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