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Tyler, James Gayle

Marine artist James Gale Tyler (1855-1931) was almost entirely self-taught. Born in Oswego, New York, he went to New York City at age fifteen, spending most of his life there and in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he maintained a studio from the mid-1870s through 1931. He maintained a second studio in New York from 1882 to 1899, painting ships, coastal scenes, and seascapes. His only formal training was three months of study with marine artist Archibald Cary Smith. During the 1880s Tyler had a studio in Providence as well, and from 1900 to 1930 he painted every America’s Cup Race in Newport. His paintings of the Shamrock and the Enterprise were exhibited at the Union League Club in New York, and his illustrations of the races were published in Literary Digest, Harper’s, and Century magazines, to which he was also a contributing writer. His works were exhibited to great critical acclaim, and he received many commissions. One of his favorite and oft-repeated themes was the night return to harbor of a sailing ship, highlighted by glowing red and green port and starboard running lights. Tyler’s works were so popular that his work was frequently forged; to stop the practice he successfully pursued several civil action suits. Tyler exhibited at the National Academy, the Providence Art Club, the Boston Art Club, the Brooklyn Art Association, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He died at his home in Pelham, New York in 1931.

Title: Back to the Sea
Medium: Oil/ canvas; SLR 20" x 16" sight