The Workshops

In 1965, after attaining the title of ‘master-printer’ and rapidly rising to the role of technical director at June Wayne’s Tamarind Lithography workshop, Kenneth Tyler decided it was time to branch out on his own. Over the next thirty-five years Tyler established four print workshops that set the benchmark for advances in contemporary printmaking. Tyler’s workshops were places where anything was possible and his ‘no rules, no restrictions’ mantra allowed artists to push the boundaries of print in a collaborative environment characterised by technical prowess.

Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California

David Hockney, Wind from the Weather series, 1973David Hockney, Wind from the Weather series, 1973

In 1965 Tyler decided to risk everything to set up a custom printing house of his own. He and wife Kay established the first of Tyler’s workshops – Gemini Ltd – in the back room of a frame shop on Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. It was here that Tyler worked with David Hockney for the first time, on the series A Hollywood collection. The Melrose Avenue workshop was, at this stage, a print workshop and not a publishing house, so the series was published in London by Editions Alecto. more...

Bedford Village, New York

Nancy Graves, Approaches the limit of I, 1981Nancy Graves, Approaches the limit of I, 1981

In 1973 Tyler again felt the need to go it alone. Leaving behind the success of Gemini GEL on the west coast, he headed east to set up Tyler Workshop Ltd in Bedford Village, New York. This workshop became Tyler Graphics Ltd in 1974: the name under which all future Tyler prints were published. more...

Mount Kisco, New York

James Rosenquist, The bird of Paradise approaches the Hot Water Planet, 1989James Rosenquist, The bird of Paradise approaches the Hot Water Planet, 1989

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. more...

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated April 2014