David Tycho was born in Vancouver, and later attended the University of British Columbia, where he studied painting under renowned Canadian artist Gordon Smith. After working through a number of Modernist styles, David arrived at his personal interpretation of figurative expressionism, which remained his focus until moving to Asia in 1984. In Japan, Tycho was introduced to Shodo, a Japanese style of expressive calligraphic painting. At the same time, he was also inspired by the paintings of Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning, and David began to explore abstraction for himself. This remained his focus for over 20 years.

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A return trip to Japan in 2011 inspired David to change course in his approach to painting, and the subsequent work became more figurative in nature, containing a number of recognizable Japanese themes and motifs. Over the past few years, Tycho has explored a variety of subjects and themes— from natural and urban landscapes to the human figure—all the while maintaining his highly expressionistic approach to colour and paint application. David has exhibited his works in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Geneva, Brussels, Singapore, Manila, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Winnipeg, and his work is collected worldwide. His paintings can also be seen in numerous television series and feature films.

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Artist Statement -

My artistic lineage goes directly back to the roots of abstract expressionism. My university painting instructor, Gordon Smith, was taught by important San Francisco Bay area painter Elmer Bischoff, who was on faculty at the University of California Berkeley with the likes of Richard Diebenkorn and Clyfford Still in the 1940s. Still, of course, was an important if reluctant member of the so-called “New York School” in the 1940s and 50s, along with Jackson Pollock, Willem deKooning, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and many others of note. Diebenkorn and Bischoff headed up the Bay Area painters, who alternated between figurative and abstract expressionism. This lineage has deeply affected my artistic sensibility and my approach to painting, and I feel fortunate and honoured to be the progeny, so to speak, of such an esteemed group. My work is inspired and informed by subjects ranging from nature, to urban sprawl, to the human figure. These subjects are used as starting points from which each painting evolves and transforms, until representational elements are sometimes subdued by aesthetic impulses and considerations. My goal is to create an image filled with vitality and stated in as few brush strokes as necessary. I’ve found that once the inexplicably correct strokes have been executed, petting or tidying the paintings only detracts from their vigour. Paint inherently runs, drips and bleeds, and I find much of the expressive potential and beauty in this very fact.