'A virtual-institute for fine art printmaking'
From 1966 until 2001 master printer Kenneth Tyler collaborated with some of the twentieth century's most brilliant artists on projects that categorically redefined the medium of printmaking. The National Gallery of Australia's Kenneth Tyler Print Collection is the most comprehensive collection of postwar American art outside the United States, comprising over 7000 editioned prints, proofs, drawings, paper works, screens, multiples and illustrated books as well as a collection of rare candid photography, film and audio. The collection website is a rich source of information on American printmaking and printmakers from the second half of the twentieth century.
The Tyler website is an important tool for understanding the art of collaboration. Employing the body of work comprising my archive at NGA as its springboard, the website perpetuates advanced study, research, instruction, and the sharing of resources and ideas as a means to further stimulate the field far afield and well beyond the borders of Australia.
Like a virtual-institute for fine art printmaking, it is an interactive showcase shedding insight on the people and processes, the techniques and equipment, and the history of the multi-media environment of my workshops and, in a broader sense, creativity through innovation.
Without the website's ever-growing databank, an art portal allowing wide access to all manner of documentation would be largely inaccessible. Our goal is to continue adding images, photographs and film to this 'living' site, instilling it with in-depth material for any and all interested in my decades of printmaking and, collectively, the breadth and power of printmaking as an ever-expanding medium. The site complements exhibitions, both at NGA and elsewhere, and brings answers and insights into the hows and whys of art creation in an informative and exciting format.
Kenneth Tyler AO
David Hockney The master printer of Los Angeles 1973, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 1973 © David Hockney
Banner image: Kenneth Tyler in front of Frank Stella's mixed media print 'Juam', 1997 (detail). Photographer: Steven Sloman