Tyson Grumm: The Hobnobbers
Beppu Wiarda Gallery
Portland OR Nov 1-Dec 2, 2008
Tyson Grumms acrylic paintings have gained recognition both locally and nationally since 1996, when he received his BFA from Southern Oregon State University. Grumms allegorical scenes are reminiscent of another time and place, where contrived moments are skewed by unsuspected relationships among his subjects, their settings and costumes.
Tyson Grumm, Miss Doodle Do (2006), acrylic on wood [Beppu Wiarda Gallery, Portland OR, Nov 1-Dec 2]
Grumms paintings are concisely rendered, making the surreal tableau that much more witty. There is a sense of familiarity or even nostalgia, although it is difficult to pinpoint the meaning of the situations. Many appear humorous. Strange characters and odd animals are portrayed as either illustrating a tale or as classic portraits. For example, the red head adornment of Miss Doodle Do is sculpted like a rooster, signifying perhaps, a mascot or an affinity for the species. Many of the paintings are mounted within the context of old objects that act as framing devices. These paintings resemble family heirlooms or treasured antiques.
As Grumm states, It will create its own history as the piece of art is interpreted and observed by its owners and generations to come. This time-lapsed magical event is possibly the single most inspiring part about creating these pieces. Grumms work has been exhibited in London, New York, California and Kirkland, Washingon, and is included in many public and private collections throughout Oregon and Washington.