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David Tycho was born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1959, and later attended the University of British Columbia, where he had studied painting under renowned artist Gordon Smith. After working through a number of modernist styles, David arrived at his personal interpretation of figurative expressionism, which remained his focus until moving to Asia in 1984.
In Kyoto, David was introduced to shodo, a Japanese style of calligraphic painting. He was particularly intrigued by the paintings of Zen monks, whose fluid, gestural brushwork often rendered the characters illegible, and ultimately abstract. At the same time, he was also inspired by the paintings of Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline and Willem deKooning, and David soon began to explore abstraction for himself.
For the past 25 years, David’s work has straddled the genres of abstraction and representation, at times more experimental and intuitive and at other times more reflective of his surroundings.
David has exhibited his paintings in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton, Whistler, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Seattle, Los Angeles, Brussels, Geneva, Singapore and Manila, and his work is collected worldwide.