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After pressing, the 'male' half of the mould is lifted with the newly made pressed paper pulp sheet for Frank Stella's 'Moby Dick Domes' series adhered and rotated to face upwards, Tyler Graphics paper mill, Mount Kisco, New York, 1991. Photographer: Steven Sloman
James Rosenquist, The bird of Paradise approaches the Hot Water Planet, 1989
Mount Kisco, New York
In 1987 Tyler Graphics Ltd started operating from a purpose-built facility in Mount Kisco. This workshop was designed to Tyler’s specifications and included a dedicated gallery space, large artist studio and state-of-the-art press room. The Mount Kisco facility also included a custom paper mill, fitted with specialised vacuum moulds for creating three dimensional papers.
At Mount Kisco Tyler’s extraordinary technical repertoire expanded to encompass bigger and more complex projects than ever before. Between 1989 and 1990, Tyler worked with James Rosenquist on Welcome to the water planet. The new facilities at Mount Kisco were put to good use as huge sheets of paper were specially made and paper pulp ‘pistols’ operated from moving platforms were developed to create the spectacular series. Since their initial project at Gemini GEL in 1967, Tyler and Frank Stella had worked together on increasingly complicated prints. In 1992 they reached the pinnacle of their collaboration with the seven metre long, 67 colour, woodcut, etching, aquatint, relief, dry point, screenprint The Fountain.
As he had in each of his earlier workshops, at Mount Kisco Tyler balanced his zeal for innovation with respect for traditional working methods. With Masami Teraoka Tyler Graphics Ltd produced the Hawaii snorkel series that combined traditional Japanese ukiyo-e woodcut techniques with etching and aquatint. Between 1996 and 1998 Norwegian born Per Inge Bjørlo worked at Mount Kisco to produce a series of seventeen black and white intaglio prints Heads from balance.
In 2000 Tyler closed the Mount Kisco shop. The presses were relocated to the specially founded Singapore Tyler Print Institute (http://www.stpi.com.sg/), where they continue to operate today. Tyler continues to contribute to printmaking through his support of collections of artworks and documentary materials from his workshops in public collections around the world. The Kenneth Tyler printmaking collection at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, is the largest and most comprehensive of these. Other collections of Tyler’s artwork can be found at the Tate Modern in London; the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the Center for Contemporary Graphic Art and Tyler Collection Archive, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.