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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Painting of the Month (32) August 2012: Alan Tyers

The Yellow Boat, Padstow Harbour (Cornwall, UK) www.bathartgallery.co.uk
Alan Tyers is a British painter, born 1944, who worked in the advertising industry. He paints in gouache (say 'goo-ash'), which is an opaque water-colour. His paintings have the look of early London Transport posters, which is no bad thing in my opinion, see here. He paints using large blocks of flat colour but manages to convey a real sense of place. I also admire the draughtsmanship in the above painting and the interesting use of colour. Here are some more of his works:





14 comments:

klahanie said...

Hey bazza,
I like the gouache style of painting by Alan Tyers, very much, indeed.
And yay, I've been to Padstow.

bazza said...

Hi Gary. I've not been to Padstow but I understand that it's a lovely place. Alan's painting certainly make it look that way.

Anonymous said...

Hot from the desk of the fabulous Sir Tom Eagerly:
Hello Bazza old thing. I think he saw some of those colours in his head. Maybe he had a drink or three!
Cheers Bazza.

bazza said...

Hello Sir Tom Long time no hear. Have you been drying out? Again.

Dixie said...

Hi Bazza. Tyers is something else. Love his technique and the colour blends really sync.

There are so many I could choose as favourites, yet these three say it all for me: Mevgissey, Swanage, and Winter Shadows.

Very nice. Thank you.

bazza said...

Dixie: Ah, you clicked through to have a look at more of his stuff. I'm glad you like it. Swanage is one of my (many) favourite places on the south coast of England. I think it's officially the sunniest place in Britain.

Dixie said...

Actually, Bazza, I was going through some old books and materials from "The Paris School Of Art." I was made notes about the artists and works I enjoyed most.
Now I'm going to click on your link!!

bazza said...

Dixie: That gallery has lots of good artists on it's books. You will have to search for Tyers..... but I suppose you will have already done that!

Rob said...

He manages to get a very convincing three dimensional effect with apparently simple means. Thanks for introducing him Bazza.

All Consuming said...

They remind me of screen prints,my degree was Fine Prints so I'm not just talking bollocks lol. Well I am, but I'm backing it up with a random fact. I like the colour scheme on some of them.

bazza said...

Hi Rob. I'm not sure why this painting works so well. I think it's the draughtsmanship and use of colour. He certainly has a way of simplifying his subjects that I like.

bazza said...

AC: I did Art History (which became highly theoretical and a bit boring in places!). I have always enjoyed good poster art. I don't know if you clicked through to look at the old London Transport posters but you can see some similarity.
Bollocks backed up by random facts; I like it!

Frank Bingley said...

I love how Tyers has broken down the images to basic shapes and colours, which in my opinion is very effective - especially in the Padstow painting. Some of the darkest tones however, do look a little on the harsh side.

bazza said...

Hi Frank. Thanks for commenting. I agree about the harshness of some of the darker colours but I think it is a part of what makes the sunlight seem so bright!