Entering the art world isn’t easy; creating representational art can be deemed offensive, whereas creating abstract art often receives little appreciation. Professor Tyler Hewitt sheds some light into the art world and a bit of his background to where he got to now.
A full time faculty member at Moraine Valley, Hewitt works with students in the darkroom photography lab as well as teaching classes in digital photo editing.
His art career began cutting and pasting photos on top each other from “cheesy, black and white” 60’s magazines. It wasn’t until he began his graduate program at Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, MI, that he took his first Intro to Photography class. Receiving his first camera, a Minolta X-7A at age 25.
For aspiring artists, he has a loud and clear message, “In the art world you have to create a thick skin,” because in the art world, colluges and galleries will criticize the hell out of you. “Understand it is a second job.” Not to impose any negativity, or strictly imply: don’t have a dream, Hewitt emphasizes how art is very hard to live off of solely, although it can be done. But just like any other full time job, what time you put into your art will reflect in your success.
He appreciates and looks up to John Baldessari, an American artist known for his photography. However, his favorite canvas to appreciate, every time he visits the Art Institute of Chicago, is Nighthawks, a well-known American piece, by the famous Edward Hopper. When Hewitt looks at the picture he experiences the protruding essence of the neutral melancholy scene.
As an artist himself, his vision has grown, he’s developed clarity of thought mixed with seeing potential in things that other people might not. While engaging in art though crafting, he has found inspiration incorporating digital technology and extraditing what is the norm in the art world into his own work.
Among his appreciation for photography and painting; he has considered himself an animation fan. Showing most of his appreciation for Winsor McKay, American cartoonist and animator, friend of William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher.
In a world where acceptance is hard to find, it is all about networking- especially in New York. If spontaneously an artist were to shove their portfolio to well respected artists, “they would laugh at you,” and that’s where artists peel another layer of skin off.