Archive for February, 2013


Groundwater Colossus – Ceramic brick sculpture with sound elements  –  Height 120″ – 2012

Commissioned by the City of Lincoln Nebraska for new Union Plaza.

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Brickface HOPE  – Ceramic brick sculpture  –  Height 64″ – 2008

Purchased for the New Mexico State Land Commission Building,  Santa Fe, NM


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The works of James Tyler strive to create a global vision of art. Part of an exciting new direction that may sweep the art world into the next century. Stylistically Tyler’s works are evocative of the pre–Columbian terra-cottas of the ancient Americas . Yet his figures revel in a motion and rhythm that is perhaps more reminiscent of the sculptural heritages of the east. Stamped with an unmistakable deific quality, Tyler’s figures are also very human, voluptuously rounded thighs and torsos complement their ethereal nature with a marked physicality. It is through pose and gesture, rather than detailed realism that Tyler seeks to capture and convey the human experience.

Dena Merriam- Sculpture Review Magazine   [excerpt]

phillipe milesPhillipe and Miles  – Ceramic sculptures – Heights 36″ and  66″ – 2005    [ Private collection – Provincetown, MA ]

29 - Three MarshalsThree Marshals – Life size ceramic sculptures – Height 40″ – 2005    [Private collection – New York, NY]

Sierra Exif JPEGCiro  – Life size ceramic sculpture- Height 36″ – 2006    [Private collection]

Sierra Exif JPEGJulliette– Life size ceramic sculpture – Height 33″ – 2007    [Private collection]

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Daniel – Ceramic brick sculpture  – Height 60″ – 2005    [ Private Collection – Washington DC ]

Toshiba Digital CameraMira – Ceramic brick sculpture  – Height 30″- 2006    [Private collection]

Sierra Exif JPEGKatia and Guillermo – Life size ceramic sculpture – Height 34″ – 2006    [Private collection]

aleena 3Aleena– Life size ceramic sculpture – Height 34″ – 2006    [Private collection – Nyack, NY]


oksana closeOksana – ceramic sculpture – Height 28″ – 2004  [Collection of the Indiana State Museum -Indianapolis, IN]





















IMG_1127Brickhead Orisha – Ht. 104″ Hilton Head Island, SC 2015


With his new assemblage sculptures, Tyler brings familiar elements from his larger Colossus and Brickhead Series  artworks and combines them with the found object assembly techniques more often associated with the works of folk or ‘outsider’ artists. The result is a striking duality of frivolous absurdity overlaid with what could only be described as a ‘the world is coming to an end’ vision of humanity’s collective doom. These are the sculptural ruins of our own civilization not yet passed.

And while it is clear that Tyler is presenting us with a vision of humankind on the verge of unnamed annihilation, there is a playfulness that suggests it may also be within our nature to laugh all the while, as we march merrily over the edge of our collective precipice.


hudson river assemblage #2 Hudson River Assemblage #2 – Ht 108″  Haverstraw NY,  2015


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In August of 2011, Hurricane Irene slammed into the Garner Arts Center leaving a sea of mud, debris, bricks and steel in its wake.

Picking through the remnants along the banks of the Minescionga Creek, Tyler created the GARNER Brickhead Assemblage Series.

A portion of the proceeds from all ‘GARNER’ artworks will be used to help re-open the art center.

More info: www.garnerartscenter.org

garner orange hand smRed Hand – GARNER Assemblage  – Height 16