Tyree Guyton

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  • Steve and Dave Archival Print by Tyree Guyton

    Tyree Guyton Steve and Dave Archival Print by Tyree Guyton

    Steve and Dave Limited Edition Archival Pigment Prints on 310gsm Museum Natural Fine Art Paper by Tyree Guyton Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. "This image is part of my Faces Of God series. I have been working on this series for 25 years now. I’ve been told that sometimes it takes 10 years or so to get a series right. I have transcended “getting it right” to developing my own style, having some fun in the process, and creating some interesting characters. It’s my way of looking at human life and creating magic. I’m very excited for these images to go out into the world. They force me to ask who is God? Why are we created in his image? With this series I’m trying to understand this entity that we call God and at the same time understand life.” - Tyree Guyton


Tyree Guyton

Tyree Guyton is an American artist, best known for his work on the Heidelberg Project, an outdoor art project in Detroit, Michigan. Born on August 24, 1955, Guyton grew up in a struggling neighborhood on Heidelberg Street. He began his artistic career by studying at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and later earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University. In 1986, Tyree Guyton founded the Heidelberg Project as a response to the urban decay and social issues facing his community. The project began with Guyton transforming abandoned houses and lots in his neighborhood into colorful, large-scale works of art using found objects, paint, and other mixed media. By doing so, he aimed to foster a sense of community, provoke dialogue, and inspire social change. Over the years, the Heidelberg Project has become a landmark for Detroit, attracting thousands of visitors annually and gaining international recognition. Despite some challenges, including arson attacks and criticism from city officials, the project has continued to evolve and expand. Guyton's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and he has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the art world and his community. His art often focuses on themes of transformation, hope, and the power of creativity to effect positive change. Tyree Guyton's artistic approach is often described as a blend of painting, sculpture, and installation art. He uses found objects and discarded materials to create thought-provoking and visually engaging installations. These materials often include everyday items such as shoes, toys, bikes, and car parts. By repurposing them, he gives new life and meaning to objects that would otherwise be considered waste. This process not only serves as a commentary on consumerism and materialism, but also on the resilience and potential of neglected urban spaces. Throughout the years, Guyton has participated in artist residencies, workshops, and public art projects worldwide. Some of his notable works outside the Heidelberg Project include: "The Times Square Show" (1980) - A collaborative exhibition with fellow artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring in New York City. "The American Dream: In Question" (1995) - An exhibition at the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich, Germany, where Guyton created an installation using objects collected from the streets of Munich. "The Detroit Beautification Project" (2012) - A city-wide public art project in Detroit, involving multiple artists painting murals and creating installations to revitalize the cityscape. Guyton's work has had a significant impact on contemporary art, particularly in the realm of public art and community-based projects. His dedication to using art as a means to inspire change and rejuvenate communities has served as an inspiration to many artists and activists. The Heidelberg Project remains one of the most well-known examples of grassroots art interventions, demonstrating the power of creativity to transform and heal communities facing adversity.

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