Artist Tyler Vouros
About Tyler Vouros
Tyler is a lifelong resident of western Massachusetts. He studied painting at Greenfield Community College where he received an Associate of Fine Arts. He then finished his BFA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he graduated with honors after receiving full scholarships based on academic excellence and multiple awards for his artwork.
Tyler recently graduated from the New York Academy of Art where he received rigorous traditional training in painting, drawing and artistic anatomy. While at the Academy, Tyler and three other students were chosen to attend an artist's residency in Leipzig, Germany for two months over the summer of 2010. During his time there he further developed his series of self directed work and exhibited in the Leipzig International Art Program Gallery.
In the past year, Tyler has experienced a great deal of success for a young artist; his work has been privately and publicly collected in the northeastern United States as well as internationally in Berlin and Leipzig, Germany and Florence, Italy. Currently Tyler is being represented by the Richard J. Demato fine arts gallery and the Marianne Nems Gallery.
Interview with the Artist
How did the Strathmore paper you used for the project affect your drawing techniques?
Like a kid in a candy store, I truly enjoy picking out new artist supplies to "taste test" myself. It was delightful to try the 500 series charcoal pad and experience the lovely textures and the variety of color temperatures. This paper allowed me to make an array of different marks and the tints work wonderfully for a vivid sculptural effect in my monochromatic drawings.
Which artists inspire you?
I am inspired by Rembrandt for the luminosity he brings to his paintings, Rubens for the complexity and unity of his compositions, Corot for the time I spent admiring and copying his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Degas for his genius innovations and evolution of painting and drawing. Then there is also today's own Vincent Desiderio who keeps what we do as artists more relevant and necessary then ever by being in constant conversation with the current world around us while keeping a continual dialogue with the masters of the past.
What advice would you give to beginning artists?
My advice would be to get as strong of a traditional foundation as possible. Study the figure and draw from observation. Once you understand how to translate 3-dimensional space onto a 2 dimensional surface accurately, you can make informed and intentional decisions in your work and branch out in other directions more successfully.