K. Tyler Thompson – Biography
Tyler was born in Labrador City, Newfoundland. He spent much of his youth camping and fishing with his family in the Churchill Falls area of Labrador. In 1974 he moved to London, Ontario at the age of ten. At that time he started doing more drawing, including illustrations from comic books. As Tyler began his high school studies, he began taking more interest in art. In the 1980′s he started drawing in black and white using charcoal and pastels. His subjects included animals and celebrities, such as Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, John Wayne, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. This led Tyler to do some commission work for friends in school of musicians, pets, children and some of his teachers.
At the age of 18 he turned his love of nature and wildlife into many wonderful drawings and paintings. He started doing pen and ink artwork and sold reproductions of these images in high-end craft shows throughout Ontario.
Tyler showed Robert Bateman some of his artwork and he was very impressed. He recommended that Tyler paint in full color rather than black and white. Tyler immediately took on some commission work and spent a lot of time following and studying the artwork of Robert Bateman, Carl Brenders, Ron Parker and Seery Lester.
In 1987 Tyler entered the prestigious National Canadian Chrysler Wildlife competition and was awarded second place with his acrylic study of a Harp seal pup.
In 1990, while living in Ontario, two of Tyler’s original paintings titled “Brown Eyes” and “White Hunter” were released as limited editions.
In 1991, a yearning for travel and to see new types of wildlife brought Tyler to Western Canada and he settled in Edmonton, Alberta and a year later he moved to Wetaskiwin.
To date, over 60 of Tyler’s original paintings have been released as limited edition reproductions. Many limited Edition reproductions have achieved sold out status.
Several of Tyler’s limited editions have been donated to Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to support fish and wildlife conservation, Rainbow Society, CNIB, Big Horn Sheep Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, SPCA & The Cancer Society.
Several conservation groups have arranged for the creation of “conservation editions” for use at their fund raising banquets.
A portion of the proceeds from Tyler’s “Take Flight” limited edition was donated to support the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS).
Tyler’s limited edition called “Edge of Dawn” was donated to the Canadian Red Cross to raise funds for the Red Cross bone marrow transplant program.
He was chosen as Ducks Unlimited artist of the year for 2001 and 2002 his images were used for their fundraising banquets.
Several of Tyler’s images have been featured on the covers for telephone directories in Canada and the United States, sporting goods magazines and most recently the 2003 Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations.
A self-taught artist, Tyler has worked in various mediums, his favorite being acrylics. He enjoys painting on
canvas. Wolves and eagles are some of his favorite wildlife subjects. Many of his recent paintings are of breathtaking landscape scenes.
Tyler’s original paintings appreciate significantly and are highly sought after. They are found in the boardrooms of many corporations as well as in the homes of serious art collectors.
Tyler makes a living as a professional artist. His hobbies include walking, biking, karate, hockey, and fishing. He spends a lot of time studying nature, reading, and watching documentaries on nature.
From 1994 to 2006 Tyler was promoted and published by Excel Publishing Limited.
Since January 2007 he has created a portfolio of new works which have been released in 2008.
Tyler Thompson reproductions of his original artworks are printed on museum quality canvas using archival inks and varnishes. Thus giving it an exact likeness to the original and a very high quality product.
The large Giclee on canvas are signed and numbered out of 100 (s/n). There are also smaller prints available which are open editions (o/e).