Wilds of Wales
I was on vacation with my wife & 2 teenage kids’. We’d gone to Dolgellau in search of a fishmonger, I’d promised my 12 year old boy we’d make sushi. So we set off in the car to the small market town from our rented cottage in hopes of getting some of the essential ingredients. (Making Sushi in Dolgellau is a whole ‘nother story)
It was shortly after we’d arrived that the inevitable request for a toilet, led us to the (tiny) back street where the even tinier 400 yr old pub was located that I came across New York artist and all around cool guy Tyler Fenn. To be a guy from Venice Beach, California, living in England and run into a New York artist in the wilds of Wales (who had also lived in Santa Monica, just up the road from my old neighborhood in West Los Angeles) was what made this chance encounter so epic. This was a totally random meeting. We both spotted each other as fellow countrymen and immediately clicked and started conversing about our adventures, experiences & various other interests we held in common like a couple of old friends meeting up after a long absence.
“1984” Plaster cast from clay 23” 1984/2012
You can understand how pleasantly surprised I was upon discovering Fenn was this highly respected and complete rockstar artist & sculptor. Fenn’s pieces are deep, substantial, well thought out, and pleasing to the eye & touch. He doesn’t make anything he can’t carry and uses the torch as a knife to produce pieces that have evolved from functional to figurative to abstract. A career spanning 20 plus years, numerous locations dotted around the planet and that now operates from a 1790’s Welsh stone cottage in Snowdonia, North Wales. “The cottage is in a constant state of renovation” said Fenn, which is perfect for him & his long time partner Vanessa Pons-Bialowas
August Bull, 10”
Tyler has worked with various materials over the years, but it is the extremes of steel that has been this sculptors’ medium of choice.
“solid to liquid and back again, that has captured my imagination and focused my concentration. For me, the hum and whisper of the torch, the “poof” of molten steel hitting the floor and exploding radially, the variation from hot to cold and gray to orange and white, the motion of the sparks as they arc through the air and bounce on the ground and the smell of organic metamorphosis is all very mesmerizing and somehow peaceful. Much like watching a volcano erupt” Tyler Fenn
Currently Tyler has pieces for sale on the Saatchi Art website (www.saatchiart.com) and is also preparing for an exhibition at the newly opened Lacey Contemporary (8 Clarendon Cross, London W11 4AP) on the 5th of November
BACON, FENN and MORAN: A Dedication to Form
Featuring: Simon Bacon, Tyler Fenn & Nick Moran
Opens Wednesday 5th November 6pm-9pm
Exhibition Runs 5th November – 16th November 2014
Poleplanter , 33”
Tyler Fenn keeps incredibly busy, and much like the hammerhead sharks he dived with breathlessly at Cocos Island Marine Reserve, Costa Rica he’s constantly on the move. The Lacey exhibition is the first sculptor exhibition for the gallery, but not the first time Fenn’s work has shown in London. He’s also showed in the West Indies, New York among other cities. In 2006 Tyler Fenn’s pieces were included in a show at the Hudson River Museum alongside notables artists Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell & Roy Lichtenstein. Despite having found himself amongst an impressive pedigree of artists Tyler says sculptor is grounding & provides rigour for the body and riddles for the mind. Lacey Cotemporary Gallery, London 5th of November 2014