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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

LAURIE TYLEC

LAURIE TYLEC

Artist Work

Neptunite and Benitoite on Natrolite
2014
oil on panel
24" x 18"
Stalactite
2014
oil on canvas
42" x 28"
Cyanotrichite
2014
oil on canvas
50" x 50"
Quartz after Coral
2014
oil on canvas
48" x 42"
Botryoidal Malachite
2013
oil on panel
14" x 11"
Labradorite
2013
oil on panel
14" x 11"

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My paintings celebrate the beauty of the living planet by focusing on the rhythmic patterns and colors created by ecological processes and phenomena. Combining aspects of representation with abstraction, each work strikes a harmonious balance between the visible appearance of an object and an intuitive expression of the universe. Natural forms that were once familiar become strange and unknown through altered perspectives fabricated by magnification, rotation, and dramatic cropping. Balanced color, ambiguous spaces, malleable shapes, and repetition structure my paintings. Color that varies in intensity and value exudes a warm radiant glow and suggests depth in an otherwise shallow space while forms move across the surface mimicking natural patterns. Enlarged portions of diminutive items and patterns deny the true scale and appearance of each subject creating a nebulous pictorial space reminiscent of American artistic trends of the early 20th-century. Soft biomorphic constructions allude to nature at its most basic level and refer to organisms existing in the microscopic biological world. Recurring compositional elements—curved lines, repeated objects, limited color palettes, rhythmic contours, and overlapping round and tapered shapes—show the vitality of the environment in all its iterations. Each composition focuses on a single subject in order to discover specific colors and forms found in an organic structure. Juxtaposing representative components with areas of spontaneous brushstrokes, my work merges a physical depiction with an emotional manifestation of the infinite surprises found throughout the natural world.