Art, // August 18, 2015
Tyler Stone — ARTIST
Interview with artist Tyler Stone —
1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Tyler Stone. I am a UK based artist, living and working from the south coast in Dorset. I also work for a charity helping people who suffer with addiction issues.
2. Why art?
To me life can seem tough, it is getting faster and less personal, capitalism, war, politics, I find them hard to deal with. Art is a place I can escape into, whether by creating or by viewing other artist’s work.
3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
My Mother was once a florist, when she was working I used to sit in the corner drawing, I always enjoyed drawing, whilst at school we had a very good art teacher who encouraged me to paint, sculpt and to explore photography. I think i have always been an artist.
4. What are your favorite subject(s) and media(s)?
Most of my paintings are based on a sense of wanting to be nomadic, to escape or to travel, I use dream scenes ( the only place I feel we are truly free). I like to use symbolism and distill or reduce lines, this can make my paintings seem simple, an antidote to my perception of modern life. I mainly work on canvas, always with oil paint.
5. How do you work and approach your subject?
I tend to do a bulk of sketches, I then go back and look, sometimes I blend two together, I try to be quick and with out to much thinking, if I become too cognitive I feel the painting becomes less emotional. I use heavy under painting before starting the top layer.
6. What are your favorite art work(s), artist(s)?
I love Francis Bacon, Rose Wylie, Peter Doig, John Bellany, Roger Hilton, Jean-Michel Basquiat, to be honest I like many artists and can see positives in most even if they’re not to my taste.
7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
People wanting to take them home and live with them.
8. What do you like about your work?
I like the rawness, the boldness, the fun, the space for the mind to wander and try and work out what is going on.
9. What advice would you give to other artists?
Don’t give up, keep creating, don’t throw away your early work.
10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I have no idea, hopefully still creating and enjoying art, my works are in private collections in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Hong Kong, hopefully in 5-10 years there will be more of them in homes around the world, I would like to get a few into permanent collections in Museums too.