Calgary's Contemporary Art Gallery

David Tycho


David Tycho was born in Vancouver and went on to study painting under renowned Canadian artist Gordon Smith at the University of British Columbia, where in 1983 David received a degree in visual arts education. After working through a number of Modernist styles, he arrived at his personal interpretation of figurative expressionism, which remained his focus until moving to Asia in 1984.

In 1990, David began working through a number of abstract styles: from gestural, painterly expressionism, to hard-edged minimalism.

In 1995, David began making treks into wilderness areas of North America, from the austere deserts of Nevada and California to the coastal rainforests of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Forms and colours of the natural environment found their way onto his palette, and, in combination with intuitive aesthetic impulses, the resulting works were a synthesis of landscape painting and abstraction.

His reacquaintance with the dynamism of Tokyo, during a trip to Asia in 2011,  has spawned an interest in urban themes and motifs, resulting in his more recent "Urban Rhapsody" and "Metropolis" series. In addition to this, he is experimenting with abstract images and mixed media techniques.

Over the past 25 years, David has exhibited his works in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton, Whistler, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Seattle, Los Angeles, Brussels, Geneva, Singapore and Manila, and his work is collected worldwide.