Call for entries: Send us your Outdoor Palette submissions. Contact Adelaide Tyrol at (802) 454-7841 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
the outdoor PALETTE
By Nona Estrin
For 16 years, Adelaide Tyrol has been writing this Outdoor
Palette column. Since she’s an accomplished artist in her own
right, we thought we’d turn the tables this time and put the
spotlight on her.
Readers will know Tyrol’s illustrations from the “Overstory”
and “Outside Story” columns that appear in every issue of
Northern Woodlands and in newspapers around the Northeast.
What most won’t know, however, is that Tyrol splits her time
between Vermont and New York City, where she’s a principal
artist at Oliphant Studios. Her work involves creating backdrops
and environments for television, movies, and events such as
Fashion Week, where she builds fashion runway interiors for top
designers. The work is done at break-neck speed for exacting
clients under high pressure.
The attention to detail that Tyrol exhibits in her “Outside
Story” illustrations, and the style and technique of her set
design work, both inform her studio paintings. With her canvas
stapled to the floor and her large brushes attached to the ends of
bamboo poles, Tyrol walks around her canvas. She works with
speed and urgency, her technique automatic and gestural as she
splashes, drags, and sponges pools of paint.
The above work, entitled “Rescue,” is a diptych – a painting
made up of two parts. In the left side, the viewer’s attention is
thrust to the upper-left corner by the directional flow of both
sea and sky. Here, the burnt sienna clouds are breaking, and
we see the promise of a ship on the horizon. But less than an
inch away, in the right panel, the horizon dims, and the viewer
is swallowed by the dark green, turbulent waters of the sea. “I
wanted to impart a sense of uncertainty – balancing a sense of
panic with a sense of hope,” said Tyrol. The work conveys the
power, and force, and wildness of nature, through a humbled
human perspective – one that teeters between silence and
salvation, sea water black and sunset gold.
Adelaide Tyrol has two solo shows this fall: one at McGowan Fine Art in Concord, New
Hampshire (running September 8 through October 9), and another showcasing her
work illustrating “The Outside Story,” to be held at The Montshire Museum in Norwich,
Vermont, from October 16 through November 12. She will also be exhibiting in a group
show at the Great Hall in Springfield, Vermont, from September 17 through April 29,
2016. Along with McGowan Fine Art, Adelaide is represented by Furchgott-Sourdiff
Gallery in Shelburne, Vermont, and West Branch Gallery in Stowe, Vermont. She may
also be reached through her website: adelaidetyrol.com
Rescue, Oil on Panel, 2012, 72” x 24”