William Tyler

Born 1954, Cincinnati, Ohio
Has practiced at Creative Growth since 1978

William Tyler has been working at Creative Growth Art Center since 1978, one of the longest attending artists in the studio. He is a productive, dedicated artist whose precise, ordered black marker drawings on paper reflect a fascination with fantasy and reality and the sometimes thin line between the two. The intricately rendered landscapes and interiors are built through repeated patterns, figures and dialogue boxes into psychological narratives. William draws images from both his personal experience and his opinion of the world and its cultural icons to create a symbolic place where order reigns over emotion but the world of make-believe rules equally with reality.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
Outsider Art Fair, Paris

2017
Storytellers, LAND Gallery, Brooklyn

2016
Madmusée, Liège, Belgium
836M, San Francisco
Outside, Karma, Amagansett, New York, curated by Matthew Higgs

2015
We Are Not Alone, Fountain Gallery, New York, curated by Matthew Higgs
D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris
Indigo Mind, StoreFrontLab, San Francisco
Extra Celestial, Crosstown Arts, Memphis

2014
Mental Contours III - Lines of Force, Artinbox Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2013
Outsider Art Fair, New York
ParkLife Gallery, San Francisco
Drawing Now Fair, Paris
Margins to Mainstream, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa
Undercover Genius, Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma
Create, BOCA Museum of Art, Boca Raton
Superduper Market, New York

2012
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Independent Art Fair, New York
Frieze Art Fair, New York
Creative Growth, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, curated by Amie Scally
Surface Design, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, curated by Virginia Breier
Different and Special, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea
The Feverish Library, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, curated by Matthew Higgs
John Hiltunen +1, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, curated by Matthew Higgs
Art Brut/Bande Dessinée, RIZOMI_art brut, Turin, Italy

2011
Create, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley
Exhibition #4, Museum of Everything, London
New Art Dealers Alliance Art Fair, Miami
REVEALED, Galerie Drylewicz, Paris

2010
Outsider Art Fair, New York

2009
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, curated by Matthew Higgs

2008
Armory Show, New York
Port of Oakland, Oakland

2007
New Art Dealers Alliance Art Fair, Miami
Gensler Architecture, San Francisco