Biography

Valton Tyler

Nationality: American
Dates: 1944-2017
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“With the passing of the Dallas-based artist Valton Tyler, a proud Texas native, modern art has lost one of its great and most original visionaries," writes New York critic Edward M. Gómez.
 

Read the feature article by Edward Gomez about Valton Tyler in Hyperallergic
 

Glasstire Obituary
 

The Dallas Morning News Obituary
 

Click here to watch a video from the exhibition "Channeling Other Worlds: Contrasting paintings, drawings, and prints by Dallas artist Valton Tyler with Tribal Works from around the World (A collaborative exhibition between Valley House Gallery and Shango Galleries)"
 

Art This Week interviewed Dr. Shirley Reece-Hughes about Invented Worlds of Valton Tyler at the Amon Carter Museum
 

Invented Worlds of Valton Tyler at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth was a Glasstire top pick for Spring 2017.
 

Education:
 

Self taught
 

 

Early Biography:
 

1971 Completion of the first fifty plates. SMU scheduled his first one man show for February, 1972. In June, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, held a one man show.
1970 Through his older brother, Valton met Donald Vogel, who introduced his work to Laurence Scholder and Dr. William Jordan, making it possible for him to work with the facilities of the Department of Printmaking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Prior to 1970 Valton had never worked with the printmaking techniques. It was in March of this year that he worked and completed his first plates and pulled the first etchings.
1967 Received the G.E.D. (General Education Diploma). For six months he attended the Dallas Art Institute in Dallas; however, he took very little interest in the school’s program as the emphasis was on commercial art.
1964-67 Worked part-time with hand-embossing and layouts for an engraving company; acquired experience in working with blueprinting machines.
1961 Attended Crozier Technical High School
1959 Family moved to Tyler, Texas where he attended high school
 

 

Exhibitions:
 

2017 Imaginary Worlds of Valton Tyler, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas.
2016 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2015 Beyond the Academy: Contemporary Outsider and Expressionist Art, The Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
2015 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2014 60th Anniversary Exhibition: A Celebration of Valley House Artists, group exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2014 MAC@20 Part I, group exhibition, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2014 Donald S. Vogel and the Artists He Championed, group exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2014 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2014 Great Escapes: Group Show Featuring 12 Artists, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2013 Suitable Subjects: Contemporary Still Lifes, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas
2011 Art + Advocacy, auction for Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2011 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2010 Valton Tyler and Miguel Zapata: Beauty and Power, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas
2010 Channeling Other Worlds: Contrasting paintings, drawings, and prints by Dallas artist Valton Tyler with Tribal Works from around the World, a collaborative exhibition between Valley House Gallery and Shango Galleries, Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Dallas, Texas
2009 Art + Advocacy, auction for Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Three Three Three First Avenue, Dallas, Texas
2009 Wish! Auction, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, Texas
2009 Thank You Fort Worth: An Appreciation from Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Group Exhibition, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas
2008 College Art Association’s 96th Annual Conference, Adam’s Mark Hotel, Dallas, Texas
2007 CADD Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas Inaugural Art Fair, Three Three Three First Avenue, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2005 Valley House Exhibition, Masur Museum, Monroe, Louisiana
2005 Introductions, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2004 Art Chicago, art fair, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois (Valley House Gallery)
2004 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2002 Valton Tyler: Exuberant Color, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, New York
2002 Other Sights: Renzo Barchi, Lynn Randolph, Valton Tyler, O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston, Downtown, Houston, Texas
2002 Beyond the Apple & Bottle: Still Life Invitational, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2001 Folk Fest, Art Fair, Atlanta, GA. (Valley House Gallery)
2001 One Person Show, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, New York
2001 Hands Across the Sea, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, New York
2001 Outsider Art Fair 2001, Puck Building, New York (Phyllis Kind Gallery)
2000 The Art Show, art fair, ADAA, 7th Regiment Armory, New York (Valley House Gallery)
2000 Valton Tyler Visionary Landscapes, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, one person show, curated by Murray Smither, Dallas, Texas
1999 The Art Show, art fair, ADAA, 7th Regiment Armory, New York (Valley House Gallery)
1998 Fantasy Machines and Landscapes, two person show with Bob Nunn, The Meadows Gallery, The Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas, curated by Paul Rogers Harris
1997 Texas Natural Wonders, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1996 Wind In My Hair, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
1996 Art Miami, art fair, Miami Beach Convention Center, Florida (Valley House Gallery)
1994 The Art Show, art fair, ADAA, 7th Regiment Armory, New York (Valley House Gallery)
1994 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas, Motor Scooter
1994 ARTexas 94, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
1994 Outside: In, Outsider and Contemporary Artists in Texas, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX, curators: Murray Smither and Jim Edwards
1993 ARTexas 93, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
1993 The Art Show, art fair, ADAA, 7th Regiment Armory, New York (Valley House Gallery)
1993 Texas Art Celebration '93, Assistance League of Houston, Cullen Center, Houston, Texas, juried by David A. Ross, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art, Rational Forest
1992 Texas Galleries, art fair, Infomart, Dallas, TX (Valley House Gallery)
1992 The Art Show, Art Dealers Association of America, 7th Regiment Armory, New York (Valley House Gallery)
1992 Recent Works By:, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1991 House, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas
1988 Zoomorphism: Animals in Art, LTV Center, Dallas, Texas, curated by Paul Rogers Harris
1988 Valley House Gallery (two person show), Dallas, Texas
1986 The Ties That Bind: Folk Art in Contemporary American Culture, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 21, 1986 to January 10, 1987, touring to Cranbook Academy of Art Museum, North Dakota Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art
1986 DW Gallery (one person show), Dallas, Texas, Selected Works 1978-1986
1985 Rosa Esman Gallery (one person show), New York City, New York
1983 Valley House Gallery (one person show), Dallas, Texas
1979 Valley House Gallery (one person show), Dallas, Texas
1978 Amarillo Art Center Association (one person show), Amarillo, Texas, Exhibition of 58 paintings, prints and drawings
1977 Valley House Gallery (one person show), Dallas, Texas
1977 Washington International Art Fair (one person show), Washington, D.C.
1977 Galerie Claude Jongen (one person show), Brussels, Belgium, Exhibition of 30 paintings
1976 Valley House Gallery (one person show), Dallas, Texas
1976 Washington International Art Fair (one person show), Washington, D.C.
1973 Oklahoma Young President's Organization, Inc. (one person show), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
 

 

Print Exhibitions:
 

2005 O’Kane Gallery, (one person show) University of Houston, Houston, Texas
1975 Valley House Gallery (one person show), Dallas, Texas
1974 Oklahoma Art Center (one person show), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1974 Blaffer Gallery (one person show), University of Houston, Houston, Texas
1974 Charles B. Goddard Center (one person show), Ardmore, Oklahoma
1973 Philbrook (one person show), Tulsa, Oklahoma
1973 Cokesbury's Book Store (one person show), Dallas, Texas
1973 Allegheny College (one person show), Meadville, Pennsylvania
1973 San Antonio Art League (one person show), Belgian Pavillion
1972 Tyler Museum of Art (one person show), Tyler, Texas
1972 New Talent in Printmaking 1972, Associated American Artists (group show), New York, New York
1972 Pollock Galleries (one person show), Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1971 Valley House Gallery (one person show), Dallas, Texas
1971 Gimpel-Weitzenhoffer Gallery (group show), New York City, New York
 

 

Literature:
 

Amon Carter Museum of American Art Program, February/July 2016, "New to the Collection," pp. 8-9, ills.
 

Art & Antiques, May 2011, “Valton Tyler: Strange Fires,” by Edward Gomez.
 

The Brooklyn Rail, May 2011, “Valton Tyler’s Otherowrdly Art: Fron the Heart of Texas,” by Edward M. Gomez.
 

50th Anniversary Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas 2004, no. 11, Helping the Fear reproduced in color.
 

Raw Vision, Summer 2001, #35, “Valton Tyler’s Techno-Organic Landscapes,” by Edward M. Gomez, pp. 34-39, ills.
 

The New York Times, Tuesday, June 13, 2000, “Arts in America: Futuristic Forms Frolic Under Eerie Texas Skies,” by Edward M. Gomez, The Living Arts, page B2, ills.
 

Translation Review, Number Fifty-Eight, 1999, published by The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, for the American Literary Translators Association, Space Eagles (1971, etching) reproduced on the cover
 

The Met, March 22, 2000 – March 29, 2000, “On View: Valton Tyler Visionary Landscapes,” by Killian Piraro, p. 30, ills.
 

Dallas Observer, March 9 - 15, 2000, “Magnificent obsession: The MAC serves up the contradictory visions of eccentric, self-taught artist Valton Tyler,” by Annabelle Massey Helber, p. 81, ills.
 

The Dallas Morning News, March 10, 2000, “Painter’s work all mixed up,” by Joel Weinstein, pp. 1C-2C, ills.
 

The Dallas Morning News Guide, February 25, 2000, “Quick Sketch: Valton Tyler,” by Mike Daniel, p. 56, ills.
 

Valton Tyler Visionary Landscapes, exhibition catalogue, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, February 2000, Dallas, Texas, essay by Phyllis Kind.
 

Entertainment Chronicle, Volume II, Number 34, April 30, 1998. ”Organic mechanics,” by Rachel Palmer, pp. 12-13, ills.
 

40th Anniversary Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 1994, no.16, Motor Scooter reproduced in color.
 

Outside:In, exhibition catalogue, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas, 1994, On the Edge of Landscape, reproduced in color.
 

The Ties That Bind: Folk Art in Contemporary American Culture, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, exhibition catalogue, 1986, checklist pg. 64-65, no. 115 and 155.
 

Dallas Morning News, November 18, 1989. "Road Crew," by Sophia Dembling, pp. 1C, 2C.
 

Dallas Times Herald, May 3, 1986. "A Most Colorful 'Outsider'; Valton Tyler gets deserved attention" by Bill Marvel, Art Critic, pp. 1E,4E, ills.
 

Arts Magazine, February, 1986. "Valton Tyler" by Joseph Teplow, p. 133, ills.
 

Ultra Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 4, December, 1981, "Valton Tyler" by Stephen Aechternacht, pp. 70-72, ills.
 

Mundus Artium: A Journal of International Literature and the Arts, Volume XI, Number 1, 1979, pp.24, 25, 52, 53, 90, 91, 6 illustrations.
 

The Work of Valton Tyler; Paintings of the Last Six Years, Eric Vogel, Valley House Gallery, 14 illustrations, 1979.
 

Art Voices/South, September/October, 1977, West Palm Beach, Florida.
 

Jalons et Actualites Des Arts, January, 1977, No. 30, Brussels, Belgium.
 

Interstate 5, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1976. Publication of Noumenon Foundation, Austin, Texas. The Dance reproduced in color.
 

Artes Visuales, July/September 1976, Chalultec, Mexico.
 

The First Fifty Prints of Valton Tyler, Rebecca Reynolds, published for Valley House Gallery by Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, Copyright 1972.
 

 

Film:
 

Edward Gomez and Chris Shields, Valton Tyler: Flesh is Fiction, 42 min., November 2016.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards:
 

1989 One of four winners of the Gift of Art competition sponsored by Patrick Media Group of Dallas; billboards will be on display for 1 year around Dallas; $500 prize; jurors: James Chefchis, Pamela Nelson, and Gail Sachson.
1988 Art of the Metroplex, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 2nd place, Mr. and Mrs. F. Howard Walsh award, $500 prize
 

 

 

 

Public Collections:
 

Allegheny College
American Airlines, Admirals Club, Dallas, Texas
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
Associated American Artists
Chas.B. Goddard Center, Ardmore, Oklahoma
Lomas & Nettleton, Dallas, Texas
Museum of Arts and Science, Daytona Beach, Florida
Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Art Center
San Antonio Art League, San Antonio, Texas
Seay Biomedical Building, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas
Univerity of Florida, Gainsville, Florida

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