About

Tyler Robertson
Tyler Robertson b. 1981 grew up on a retired farm in Indiana.  It was a simple area surrounded by fields of corn, soybean and plenty of livestock.  Spending a lot of time outdoors, exploring the piles of old tools that filled the retired hog barns and other structures on the property, Tyler grew a love for the look of aged materials.  This can be seen in his paintings through the aged backgrounds and drips of paint.
Growing up Tyler was always near a pad of paper, drawing some of his favorite characters or scenes from the outdoors.  It wasn’t until the age of 31 that Tyler would pick up a paintbrush.  This cultivated a power shift in the type of art that he wanted to convey.  Equine and portraiture became his primary subject matter.  The large contemporary approach to these quickly led to local success. Tyler paintings are now collect all over the world.
His paintings have an incredible sense of power and movement.  The scale alone allows you to really feel the action and become part of the scene.  “I love to paint on a large scale!  I want to lead the viewer around the painting and feel immersed.”
Tyler doesn’t miss an opportunity to uses his talents to give back.  Since his official entrance into the art scene in 2014, Tyler has raised more than fifty thousand dollars for charities in Louisville and across the country.  He does this through live paintings and donations.
Tyler is not shy to work in front of a crowd.  He donates his time to several charities each year and paints during the event to then have the completed painting auctioned off to help with funds.  He also travels to Sonoma California each year where he paints on site at the Giant Steps Charity Classic completing pieces to raise money to fund their mission.  Giant Steps empowers physical, emotional and cognitive development through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
2018 was a landmark year for Tyler.  He was chosen as the official artist of the Breeders’ Cup.  His painting graced the front cover of the programs, hotel key cards and other items that are incorporated with the race.  Tyler also teamed up with K-DO designs and Chateu du Cheval to launch a clothing line.  The silk garments can be seen in prestigious establishments in Saratoga, New York, Paris, France, Wellington, Florida and Keeneland Racetrack.
Finally, Tyler became the youngest artist to be represented in the Cross Gate Gallery Sporting Art Auction at Keeneland Racetrack.  This placed Tyler’s work alongside great artists such as Ander Pater, Quang Ho, LeRoy Neiman and Peter Howell.  Tyler says his success comes from a simple mindset.  “I want to give people my best work.  Work that is contemporary but will remain classic. I promised myself that I would leave a legacy in every buyers home.”

Exhibitions

2019 Group Show, Craft[s] Gallery, Louisville, KY
2018 Solo Exhibit and Live painting at Oaks and Derby, Churchill Downs, KY
2018 Artist Guild of Anchorage Group Show, KY
2017 Group Exhibit, Breeders’ Cup, Del Mar, CA
2017 Live Painting and Solo Exhibit, Sonoma Horse Park, CA
2017 Artist Guild of Anchorage Group Show, KY
2017 Live Painting, Winter Ball, KY
2017 Group Exhibit and live painting, Pegasus Cup, Gulfstream Park, Hollywood, FL
2017 Grand Opening Group Show, M.A.D.S Gallery, KY
2016 Group Exhibit, Home of Larry Shapin, KY
2015 Solo Exhibit, Saratoga Accessories and Design, KY

Collections

China Horse Club: Singapore, New Zealand, Ireland, and Australia

Churchill Downs, Louisville KY

Omni Hotel, Louisville, KY

Robert Evans (former CEO of Churchill Downs)

Brown Forman, Louisville, KY

Frankfort Regional Hospital, Frankfort, KY

Trione Vineyards and Winery, Sonoma, CA

Works held in private collections in California, Washington, Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania and Switzerland.

Bibliography

Burgle, Laurie: “Curated by an Equestrian, Tyler Robertson” Horse and Style Magazine, vol. 34, May/ June 2017, p. 71-73

Whisky Advocate, Fall 2016, “Collectors Artwork”

Walters, NancyLynn, Anchorage Living Magazine, Cover and feature article, June 2015

Unknown, “By a Nose”, Artebella, Tuesday, April 28, 2014

Residencies

Brent Estabrook, Los Angeles, CA

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