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Beautiful and Grimy: Painting by David Tycho

A nearly black and white painting of an abstracted city streetUrban Rhapsody #14, acrylic on canvas

David’s deep, grainy paintings are frequently hover just on the edge of abstraction. He frequently works with urban subject matter, portraying sprawling city streets and tall buildings in a way that is both beautiful and grimy, something like a real city.


An abstract painting with large planes of colour separated by a dark brush strokeVital Gesture #15, acrylic on canvas

In older works, David explored larger, more gestural brush strokes, combining them with planes of monochromatic color. I really like the works in his Vital Gesture series, where, frequently, a single, dark, twisting brushstroke or knife-pull winds its way across the surface of a canvas. The visual effect is almost reminiscent of a highway snaking across a prairie.


A screen capture of the front page of David Tycho's websiteThe front page of David's website

David’s more recent works occasionally combine the tight, sharp, urban brush work with his earlier affinity for monochromes. There’s a lot of dark grey and black pigment here, but David’s use of highlights elevates it to an existence as a rain-slick road or a shining glass building. Check out David’s work on his personal website or his gallery, Canadian Abstract Art


A dark painting of a an alley in a cityUrban Composition #4, acrylic on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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