Interview with Tyler Scheidt

Could you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what kind of work you make?
My name is Tyler Scheidt and I am an artist living in San Francisco.  Recently, my paintings deal with the relationships to the world around us, and how our relative point of view affects our sense of reality.   Using a variety of materials, and a combination of collage, painting, and printmaking techniques, I create spaces of many interlocking layers.

Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
Throughout my entire life I have always been very passionate about science and how we interact with our surroundings on both a physical and psychological level. I am constantly interested in how things work; specifically how the parts of a system work together to make a whole.  Since living in the Bay Area, there seems to be a constant energy in this city, which reflects the idea of an interconnected web of everything as a whole system that is only gaining complexity over time. I think subconsciously this energy has made its way into my paintings in the ways I fracture space and combine abstract/geometric marks as an architecture in nature.   Also, since moving to California a couple of years ago, the bright sunlight has definitely inspired me in the way I use materials to depict color and light.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
I guess this is not so much of a tool more than it is a material, but I would have to say found paper materials from the street.  Using these scraps from the city to make collages is a quick exercise that really informs my paintings and how the space is constructed. Each piece creates strange relationships between the parts and is usually worked into a final collage or a sketch for a larger painting. These collages also influence the surface quality and layers of my paintings.

What types of obstacles have you run into in your artistic practice and how do you go about navigating around them?
The biggest challenge for me is finding time to paint as much as I would like. Struggling to live in San Francisco and being able to afford art supplies at the same time is tough, but its an amazing city and definitely worth it.

What do you feel are the recurring themes in your visual work?
Intertwined layers of architecture, space, and light.

    Eclipsed  Oil, acrylic, collage, and spray paint on canvas 52 x 64 in.

Oil, acrylic, collage, and spray paint on canvas
52 x 64 in.

Is there a particular artist you feel you relate to? Who are your role models (artists or non-artists)?
I have always been interested in traditional Japanese woodcuts and the way spatial relationships are structured. In painting I enjoy works that play with the psychology of the viewer. This list is always changing, however some contemporary painters that I admire recently are Lari Pittman, Trudy Benson, Keltie Ferris, Francesca DiMattio, Jules De Balincourt, Nichole Van Beek, Margo Wolowiec and many more.  Also, older painters such as Al held, Albert Oehlen, Matisse, DeKooning and Rauschenberg.

What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve been given?
Always have a few paintings (or projects) in the works at all times.


    Untitled  Acrylic and collage on panel 12 x 9 in.

Acrylic and collage on panel
12 x 9 in.