Tyler Scully’s rich, impasto, Expressionist paintings are an oasis for lovers of contemporary figurative painting in the tradition of Bacon and Auerbach.
I discovered Scully on Instagram under the account scepters_art about a half year ago. When I look at art, my opinion comes first. I like the art that I like. Sounds like a tautology worthy of Popeye, but, it means that I value art as having quality in direct proportion to how much I personally appreciate it (as opposed to where it’s hung, or how it is justified in art history). This isn’t to say that I don’t love art history, or the big name artists, but rather that I like to discover new artists on my own. I don’t know anything about this artist, and I haven’t seen his work anywhere except on Instagram, but, for me, he’s an instant hit, and one of my favorite living painters. The paintings of Trump are the easiest way to access his art.
One of the defining features of Scully’s art, and what separates him from Bacon and his ilk are the eyes. Whichever way the face is tortured and contorted in violent swirls and slashes of paint, there’s almost always one good eye. A beautiful eye, the more beautiful for being preserved among the torrent of painterly flesh.
[Note: I got his permission to use his Instagram posts.]
Ah, and the eye may be set off in a different, often complementary color. I’m thinking the eyes allow us more intimacy with the subject: we can look in their eyes and assay their predicament. This art is, much like its art-historical predecessors, about the human condition. Why some of the most visually sumptuous painting is often bundled with the kind of insight into the human condition I usually get from short-stories, I don’t know, but it’s a great combo. Read More
Someone pointed out to me on a philosophy list that I hadn’t read the original article that postulates the theory that we are living in a simulated universe. He was right. I was responding to the BBC’s synopsis of the article and predominantly other stances, such as Elon Musk’s. How to deal with it. Admit it, read the paper, and come back. Here’s what I learned. Read More
You may have heard the new quandary being shared over the internet about whether we are inside some sort of computer simulation. This may be the ultimate “first world problem”. If you are capable of convincing yourself that you don’t live in reality, you have quite possibly attained a level of privilege in which you have almost no direct interface with the hardships faced by the majority of humans on a daily basis. Nevertheless, they are correct in the conclusions that we live in a simulation, rather than direct, unmitigated reality. Read More
This is taking me longer than I indented, but I’m enjoying it. It’s a nice challenge, making up my own aliens and spaceship, and for this one in the series, based on H.G. Wells classic, “War of the Worlds” and also the two movies made. I’ve read the story, listened to the radio play (that people thought was real), and so on. I’ve seen lots of renditions: fabulous ones. So, this is my contribution, so far. Read More
At this stage I’m still working on the design. The composition is somewhat what it will be, but the aliens and spaceship are on different layers, will be arranged and sized optimally, and obviously I haven’t tackled the background yet. Read More