C.J. Pyle (b.1956) grew up in a working class family in Richmond, Indiana. his artistic endeavors began when he was at school and he would copy images from his textbooks. Around the year 2000, Pyle became bored of what he was doing and decided to explore new artistic territory, feeling something had hithero been missing in his art.
C.J. Pyle (b.1956) grew up in a working class family in Richmond, Indiana. His artistic endeavors began when he was at school and he would copy images from his textbooks. His mother, who was a creative person, recognised and supported his talent from early on. Pyle learnt about colour and artistic techniques from library books but describes himself as being a daydreamer at school.
During puberty he became a very good drummer and soon began playing locally in rock ‘n’ roll bands, whilst continuing to draw all the time. Around the year 2000, Pyle became bored of what he was doing and decided to explore new artistic territory, feeling something had hitherto been missing in his art. He started developing his now well-known portraits, instantly feeling that he was on the right path. Having been a fan of Blab magazine, Pyle sent in some examples of his work and was immediately commissioned to do a piece for an upcoming Blab show. Soon after, Carl Hammer gave him his first one-person gallery show, which then led him to working with the Ricco/Maresca Gallery. Pyle has developed his own personal style after 30 years hard work as a working artist, drawing constantly while perpetually pushing his creative boundaries over the years.
“I like making two-colour portraits; I don't really know why I just do. As a kid, drawing faces is what I fixated on. I also find creating an image with limited colour much more challenging than one created with many colours.”
2015, Shake your Undertaker, The Hughes Gallery, Australia
2014, Saints and Sinners, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago
2013, Raw Vision: 25 years of Art Brut, Halle St Pierre Museum, Paris
2011, Twisted, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York
2009, Kilroy's Delight, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago