Chromatic by Tyler Shields
Chromatic by Tyler Shields
Chromatic: An explosive mix of color and texture, the Chromatic series features the cast of the television show Revenge and one of the artists muses, the young Francesca Eastwood.
Artinfo.com calls Tyler Shields “Hollywood’s Hottest and Most Twisted Photographer”, GQ puts him in the 100 Best Things in the World and LA Weekly says: “The mystery behind his relationships and habits captivate the media, not unlike the art world’s best-known friend of the famous, Andy Warhol.” Tyler Shields photoshoots with celebrities such as Heather Morris & Lindsay Lohan have made headlines on CNN and every media outlet. Tyler Shields continues to shock the public with his rebellious works.
Tyler Shields is photographer, film director, and writer, best known for his images of Hollywood celebrities. Born in Jacksonville, FL, Shields began his career as a professional inline skater, competing in the 1999 and 2000 X Games, and touring with Tony Hawk in 2003. He got his start as a photographer by releasing his images and videos on MySpace, and soon afterward, began doing gallery shows. Known for his controversial and violent images, and frequently drawing criticism from animal rights activists and women’s groups, his photographs capture much of the most over-the-top, brutal aspects of contemporary celebrity culture.
His work often involves images of violence and splattered blood. He collected blood from 20 celebrities to make a piece of art for his Life Is Not a Fairytale exhibit in Los Angeles and also photographed Lindsay Lohan as a vampire for that exhibit. Criticism: In 2010, Shields photographed actress Lindsay Lohan in studio portraits brandishing a gun. Shields also appeared to stage the “shooting” a partygoer with a gun that year at the release party for his book Collisions, as an appropriated piece of performance art en homage to the cans of Fluxus artist Piero Manzoni and in imitation of 70s Los Angeles performance artist John Duncan along with a student in the department of New Genres at UCLA in the 1990s (among others).
In 2012, Shields released a photograph of his girlfriend Francesca Eastwood burning, sawing, and biting an alleged $100,000 Hermès Birkin Bag for a photoshoot. The public responded badly due to the $100,000 that the bag was purchased for just to be destroyed. Shields was also criticized for a photoshoot with Glee star Heather Morris with a bruised eye as making light of abusive treatment of women. Shields later apologized after receiving death threats saying “if you are anti-domestic abuse spread the word about it. Threatening to kill me is not going to help anything.” Shields has also been criticized by Dina Eastwood, who has referred to him as a “pathological liar.” Filmography: Final Girl (2013) – Director
Sometimes described as a “celebrity shock photographer,” Shields’s pictures include an image of Lindsay Lohan, depicted against a blood-spattered backdrop, holding a knife to her own throat. In addition to his Fine Art photographs, he has shot campaigns for brands like Nike, Adidas, Playboy, Harley Davidson, and Gergé Swiss watches, among others. In 2014, he completed his first feature-length film, Final Girl, and also published books, including Smartest Man and The Dirty Side of Glamour.
The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.