Tyler Spangler, 30, is a digital artist based in California. Through his work, he plays with color and animation, often interposing bright color with aged black and white photos— merging different worlds together and bringing old-fashioned two-dimension photography into the age of color and gifs. He describes his way of working as "a bit obsessive", at one point creating as many as 2,000 pieces in one year and fearlessly sharing them. "Make something new every day and dont be afraid to share it!"
Where are you originally from?
Where do you currently live?
Preferred art medium
Hobby or interest aside from art?
Surfing, Gaming, Cooking
Gaming and Candy
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Baldessari, El Lissitzky, and Barbara Kruger among others.
Office Space and Foot Fist Way
Napalm and Silly Putty
Funeropolis, Nevermind, Electric Wizard
What are 3 things you want to achieve?
Make people smile, support my family through my art, curiosity
What is something you deeply love about yourself?
Insane urge to research everything
How has Instagram worked for you as an artist?
It has helped me gain exposure, clients, and a way to showcase my work.
Briefly describe the circumstances under which you grew up
I grew up near the beach all of my life and have always been interested in art. I think being around surf and music culture has shaped the way I create art.
“[My work feels like] A grape flavored popsicle dipped in the ocean and placed on a rock to melt”
How do you think these circumstances influenced your art?
My work is chaotic, organic, and curious.
What would you say are your artwork’s main themes?
Anxiety, vibrance, harmony, and contemplation.
How would you describe your style?
A grape flavored popsicle dipped in the ocean and placed on a rock to melt.
Can you remember a specific experience from your life that has shaped who you are and what you do as an artist today?
When a professor at my art school said my work looked like a high school year book on acid.
What are you communicating with your art?
How we interact with technology, saturation and emotion.
(Certain) Artists tend to have a stereotype attached to them of
being dramatic with addictive personalities. What do you feel
about this assumption?
Im sure it widely varies. I have heard that some of the most successful artists have been bipolar - which allows them to create insane and ambitious works while manic.
“I love the instant results of digital collage. It is clean and quick and you can explore different ideas very fast”
As an artist, do you find yourself drawn to any addictive