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James Tyler received his MFA from Hampshire College, Massachussetts, in 1975. Previously, he studied at Herron School of Art, Indianapolis. As a sculptor, he is best known for his Brickhead series.
Tyler uses architectural red clay or buff stoneware, common materials in outside ornamentation. The bricks have a natural ceramic finish, and variation in color occurs only during the firing process.
Each sculpture is handmade and unique. The bricks have an average thickness of three inches, and are assembled using stainless steel pins. This makes them heavy but it also exceptionally strong and durable.
Tyler´s work has been exhibited across the United States and in 2006 he was appointed the first Executive Director of the GAGA Arts Center.