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Tyler Toews returns with a commanding new body of work this November at Back Gallery Project. Marking his third solo exhibition at BGP, Toews’ new paintings are full of the gestural energy one has come to expect from this rising star. Adept at creating bold compositions that threaten to spill out of their frames, Toews draws equally from the traditions of street art and historical abstraction. Cubist-inspired faces exist alongside spills and slathers of paint that create a distinct conversation about the convergence of art history and street styles. Culled from his childhood graffiti handle, the title of the exhibition speaks to the artist’s interest in the unknown, both internal and external.


Noah Becker, publisher of White Hot Magazine, noted in 2014: “Tyler's colour is good and his brush strokes and gestural marks have the confidence and authenticity of major expressionists. Basquiat and DeKooning come to mind but beyond shallow references [...] Tyler struck me as an authentic creator of exciting new paintings.”


Working for the last several years as the assistant to painter Attila Richard Lukacs, Toews has taken the consistent studio time to heart. Using the studio as a place to work, experiment, and grow, the painter has become more confident in his handling while continuing to excel as a dynamic colorist. Moments of clarity within his writhing compositions yield crisp masks and architectural elements reminiscent of the metaphysical paintings of Giorgio di Chirico. These lulls in the chaos serve as poignant counterpoints to Toews’ furtive brushstrokes and wandering linework.


Tyler Toews lives and works in Vancouver, BC. This will be his third exhibition with Back Gallery Project and is preceded by Freestyle (2014) and Traffic (2016).