Artist Tyler Ballon’s larger-than-life works offer insight into Black culture

NEW YORK – A young artist from New Jersey who paints powerfully depicting Black culture is having his first solo exhibition in Manhattan.

Tyler Ballon’s collection of works is on display at the Jeffrey Deitch gallery in SoHo, and the 25-year-old said his paintings are meant to counter the negative narrative he feels the African-American community has. usually stuck.

“We don’t always have to be in conflict or struggle to be seen as important in American society,” he said.

Ballon creates larger-than-life pieces from his home studio in Jersey City, including one that stands as a tribute to the many memorials he saw growing up.

“The people who lost their lives, Emmett Till, Freddie Gray, George Floyd, they were all related to different stages of my life,” he said.

There was also one of four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of Baptist Street 16 Church in Birmingham.

“I just wanted them all to be together and show the innocence of these kids,” he said.

Another description of the quintessential barbershop.

“It’s like where you learn how to be a man, an unspoken brotherhood,” he said.

The gallery owner, Jeffrey Deitch, was so impressed by Ballon’s work that he knew that a one-man show was the only way to go.

“The technique is amazing,” he said. “What really drew me to Tyler Ballon’s work was the humanity, it’s a sense of compassion for human life.”

There is an intimacy about his works, and hence the name of the exhibition “The House I Live in”.

“It gives you a better chance of feeling the person’s presence,” says Ballon. “It creates a whole new world.” Artist Tyler Ballon’s larger-than-life works offer insight into Black culture

Dais Johnston

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