It can be said that the landscapes we have come to know are in a continuous state of change. These often inspire feelings of “constant movement” that take us on a journey through our everyday lives from “what was to what may be.” Tyson Anthony Roberts’ work incorporates this idea and transforms landscapes into an ever changing scene right before our very eyes. This talented California based artist is our featured artist of this month.
GB: Did you always want to be an artist?
TAR: It wasn’t until 2003 that I made a distinct effort to create something. Around that same time I was experimenting with different visual ideas and reading about art history. I find that as I continue to create, adjust and learn, that I am driven by challenging myself. The marks that I make feed back to my brain as much as my brain generates the motive to place the mark in the first place. This feedback loop is important to completion of my landscape pieces. I am inspired by landscapes and the familiarity that they can present, but my work is a filtration of select rural and urban landscapes through my methods of portrayal.
GB: Do you listen to music while you paint and if so, what music most sparks your creativity?
TAR: Yes, I do listen to music while I paint. I have recently been listening to a lot of bands from the following music labels: Sargent House, 4AD and Def Jux.
GB: How many hours do you paint at a time?
TAR: I usually paint for multiple hours at a time.
GB: How has your artwork changed or progressed over the years?
TAR: Early on in my work, I was using these paint-heavy strokes to start a piece and after a while I liked the way they looked without too much refinement. It is a bit deconstructive in a way. I was previously building up a painting with all of these layers then I started to take layers away. The tube-shaped and rounded strokes that show up in some of my paintings was discovered during a time that I was experimenting to see if I could make my paintings look digitally rendered. I sort of think about my current work as neo-impressionism for the digital era.
GB: What are you currently working on?
TAR: I am currently working on new paintings for upcoming shows.
GB: What do you enjoy doing when you are not working on contemporary wall art?
TAR: I enjoy spending time with my wife, learning about science and cooking.