about the artist
Ty Bishop is a Dallas, TX based artist who received a BFA from the University of North Texas at the top of his class in 2015. Ty has shown his work in several Dallas area galleries including Craighead Green, 500X, and UNT on the Square as well as in Atlanta, GA. He received the CVAD Student Project Award twice from the University of North Texas and was awarded the Gamblin Merchandise Award by the Visual Art Center of Texas. Ty has additionally been recognized in multiple publications, including EcoTheo review, Art Nomad, and ArtForward. With oil on canvas as his primary medium, Ty merges past and the present through his paintings based on landscapes that emphasize spontaneous mark-making.
In my work, I search for wholeness in a world seemingly disintegrated. The pursuit of this is summed up in the question, “how does the ephemeral and eternal relate?” By exploring this question, I seek to visually create a conversation between these two realties and create a new reality of wholeness. My process to make these paintings has been informed by improv jazz musicians. To create abstract oil paintings, I reference imagery of nature taken from original photographs. I use each image as if it were a musical scale and improvise from the form and gesture. My color palette is based on these and I often add my own colors as an emotional response. At times, I even break away from the images and rely on the memory of them. Choosing imagery is a significant part of my process. Photographs of nature with a sense of place are often the inspiration of my oil paintings. These images are taken from my phone and are chosen by the memories I have of this location. I then digitally manipulate the image to so that it is broken up into tiny black and white shapes. I relate this process to early American artists like Fredrick Church who would create his sublime landscape paintings based on his sketches of nature. I use these images as references for my mark making. The goal of this process is for the images, which are taken from different sources, to come together in a meaningful and harmonious way, combing the eternal aspects of nature and ephemeral movements of my body.