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Tyler Ramsey    

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Tyler Ramsey has never owned a paintbrush. Using his fingers, Tyler is able to move the colors across the canvas without the interference of the brush. Ramsey attacks the canvas. Fear and love compete in every piece of Tyler's collection. Each piece is only complete once Tyler catches a moment of that battle. Tyler's unique technique can be described as aggressive, impulsive, and stubborn. The goal is clearly to attack the feeling before it stops moving. Tyler vigorously and generously applies paint with his hands or directly from their containers. He happiest using unlimited amounts of paint and enjoys feeding each canvas all they can devour. So far, Tyler chooses to tell his story without being distracted by using brushes, extraneous thinners, or thinners.

The expressive nature of Ramsey's work is deeply rooted in the emotional journey of his own personal development. Ramsey enjoyed a picture-perfect upbringing in Oklahoma until a devastating suicide attempt by his father changed everything. The reverberating effects of his father's attempted suicide and Ramsey's rebellious behavior have left an indelible mark on the artist. Painting first provided an escape but developed into a passion. Painting is not simply an outlet for his emotions. It is a constant challenge to make a passionate statement about innovation, limitless potential, and inspiration. Surviving the tragedies and reckless behavior of Ramsey's past paved way for the opportunity to openly and honestly express more through his art.

Ramsey acknowledges artists before him who have forged new ground in artistic expression. But it is his grandfather who served as a pivotal inspiration for Ramsey's artistry. As a young inquisitive child, Ramsey searched for meaning in his grandfather's owned artwork. The discovery process helped him not only interpret abstract art, but also gave him a wonderful way to learn more about his grandfather. He immediately identified with this power to enable relationships with others and with the pieces of work, and he wanted nothing more than to be a painter himself.

Ramsey's contribution to painting is a fresh perspective on the art form while acknowledging its rich history. Using his hands to mold thick layers of oils he brings to life powerful creations on canvas. The paintings continue to develop on their own as they move through the aging process, drying to become fine pieces of work ready to be consumed. He aspires to breakdown the barriers that hinder people from enjoying abstract artwork. Any way that people can enjoy and appreciate the paintings is a step toward contributing to the livelihood of the art. Ramsey hopes to inspire others to value the creative process and find their own unique ways to embrace their passions.

Tyler lives in Los Angeles with his wife and art.

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