Tyra Hutchens is a Melbourne-based artist who uses traditional oil painting techniques to address the anxious and uncertain times we live in through the synthesising of Old Master, 19th Century, Surrealist and abstract painting, along with an exploration of literary and philosophical themes.
”They are powerful works and stand alongside other artists who are willing to enter the haunting realms and mourn the predicament of the natural world, works that should be recognised as crucial to our human conscience,” said Sheridan Palmer.
Simon Lawrie wrote, “These enigmatic works address the lacuna between words and things, between representation and reality, imitating an existence that is anterior to our experience of it.”
Hutchens was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Drawing and Painting from Portland State University, Oregon. After arriving in Australia in 1971, he had a solo show in Albury, NSW in 1972 and two solo shows at Stuart Gerstman Gallery, Melbourne and Hogarth Galleries, Sydney in 1974. In 1973 he was awarded the Regional Galleries Prize.
In 1999 Hutchens curated and exhibited in Concealment at Temple Studio, Melbourne. In 2004 he completed a Master of Fine Art at Monash University, exploring mixed media and installation, including the painted, found, altered and constructed object. He also curated Narrative Voices at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne. He exhibited in Gulag at the Counihan Gallery in 2009.
On reflection during a 2010 visit to Spain Hutchens decided to return to painting. Hutchens held a major solo and produced a catalogue for Teeter at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery in 2016. In 2017 he had a solo recent paintings at Fox Galleries and was a finalist in the Wyndham Art Prize.
Hutchens work is represented in many public and private collections including the Art Gallery of NSW, Xavier College Collection, Somerset Printmaking Papers, Arts Victoria, State Library of Victoria, Firestation Print Workshop, City of Stonnington, Print Council of Australia and Edinburgh Print Workshop.
Hutchens has been involved with education for over 40 years. Upon graduation from Portland State University he taught adult classes in sculpture and painting. In Australia he taught adult classes in Albury and Wagga Wagga and lectured at the Riverina College of Advanced Education in Wagga Wagga. Hutchens lectured at Xavier College for 35 years. In 1995 he traveled to China to study and supervise students studying traditional Chinese painting and print-making. During Hutchens Masters study at Monash University he supervised undergraduate students during a 2 month study tour of Italy.
2004 Master of Fine Art, Monash University, Melbourne
1995 Certificate of Completion in Traditional Chinese Painting and Woodblock Printing, Fine Art Academy, Guangzhou, China
1970 Post Graduate Studies, Reed College, Oregon, USA
1969-70 Certificate of Education, Portland State University, Oregon, USA
1966-69 BS Drawing and Painting, Portland State University, Oregon, USA
SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS
Victorian Art Exhibition of Educators, The Victorian Artists Association, Melbourne
The Bridges, ACAE Gallery, Melbourne
Party of Special Things, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
Odyssey (solo), Fox Galleries, Melbourne
New Dawn, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
recent paintings (solo), Fox Galleries, Melbourne
Teeter (solo), Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne
Works Twenty Ten, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
Tyra Hutchens (solo), Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
Gulag, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Curated by Sheridan Palmer
Works on Paper, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
Acquisitive Artists Book Award, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW