Tyler Shields, Samuel Lynne Galleries
Tyler Shields is known for his unique brand of volatile and off-handed photography, representative of his trademark edge, and often risqué style. Shields was born in Jacksonville, FL in 1982, and has spend the last few decades making a name for himself as a photographer, writer, and director in Los Angeles, CA. Often working with celebrities, models, and trending young Hollywood stars for his projects, he has become a creative tour de force in the photography and film industries.
Daring and suggestive, Shields’ photographs push the envelope to create a thought-provoking experience for each viewer. His work contains its own unique dialogue, with subjects ranging from historical figures to representations of modern materialism. Shields’ list of celebrity subjects makes his photography notably eye-catching.
Tyler Shields’ work moves through the complexes and layers of the “celebrity” sphere, into an inherently tangible vision of the portrait in the 21st-century. What does it mean to be alive in the 21st century? How does it look? How will it look in the future? No stranger to controversy, he is certainly not afraid to shock his viewers in his artistic attempt to convey his answers to such questions. His photographs are iconic, and are making their mark in the history of photography.
With international acclaim as a photographer cemented, Shields has stretched his artistic endeavors even further to write and publish several books, including The Dirty Side of Glamour, The Smartest Man, and Provocateur. The past year has been especially impressive for Shields, as he collaborated on a limited-edition merchandise collection with Urban Outfitters, created an evocative documentary with YouTube Red, and two of his photographs went to auction at Sotheby’s.