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Tyson Snow


The influences of the alluring locales of his travels have informed the eye of the phenomenon who is Tyson Snow. Enchanted by the aboriginal peoples of Africa and Australia, his able hand captures the human spirit of the indigenous peoples who are the object of his fascination. 
A multi-facetted talent, Snow commenced his career in industrial design, as an illustrator and formal portrait artist, and is deftly skilled in sculpture as well. Renowned for nuanced white-on-black figurative renderings of people and animals, his reputation for delicate pen-and-ink interpretations of old-world ecclesiastical architecture is spreading. Snow works strikingly in reverse—from dark to light—and creates masterpieces. “I start with the highlights to establish the lightest values and use a very sharp, white pencil,” he says, making the accomplishment sound easy. “Then I begin turning the form, using less pressure with the same pencil to create lighter or darker values, as I move away from the highlights.” 
Snow’s method requires painstakingly slow, careful work, especially in the early stages. But the white-on-black medium gives almost instant gratification because the stark-white pencil on the flat, black background gives immediate, lightning-like contrast. “I attempt to capture an individual’s very essence and present this to the viewer almost as though I were introducing him or her personally,” Snow says. “I attempt to tell my subjects’ stories through their faces, especially their eyes, and give them breath.” All these elements, surroundings, costumes, faces and, indeed, souls, lend life to his work.


Associates degree: Industrial Design Technology

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

SCC: Foundry work and fine art painting

MCC: Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark

Private workshop: One week private apprenticeship with William Whitaker 2009

Scottsdale Artist School; Workshop, Eugene Daub, Figure in bas relief, 2010

Scottsdale Artist School; Workshop, John Coleman, Figure in clay, 2011


The Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Select Group Exhibitions: 

 2012           Bosque Arts Center, TX: 27th Annual Bosque Art Classic 

2012           Springville Museum of Art, UT: 88th Annual spring salon

2011           Springville Museum of Art, UT: 87th Annual spring salon

2011           Scottsdale Artist School; Best and Brightest Juried Art Exhibition

2010           Springville Museum of Art, UT: 25th Annual Spiritual & Religious Exhibition

2010           Springville Museum of Art, UT: 86th Annual spring salon

2009/2010   Scottsdale's First Annual Drawing Event

2009           Church Art and History Museum show, Conference Center SLC, Utah

2007           Miniatures show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington


Honors & Experience:

US Coast Guard; Oil painting, Inaugural exhibition & permanent collection  2014

US Coast Guard; 2x life size bust of  D. Munro, Coast Guard Headquarters D.C.    2013

PHX Fire Training Academy; Terrazzo floor in Dispatch Center, Budget;  2012-13

Finalist for NC State University monument(s), Budget; $105,000, Coaches Corner, 2012

US Coast Guard; Bust of Douglas Munro installed aboard the USS Munroe, 2010

Fire Training Academy Monument, Budget: $315,000, City of  Phoenix, AZ, 2010-12

Jacob Hamblin Memorial, Budget: $200,000, Kanab, UT 2009-10

Finalist for a Public Safety Memorial, Budget: $2,000,000, Richmond, VA 2009-10

Selected for the artist registry preferred sculptors list, Atlanta, GA 2009-10

7 bronze busts for public Monument, Budget: $70,000 Santa Clara, UT 2008

Freelance designer for Crazy Shirts , Hawaii, 2007 to present

Photo Study Tours: South Africa and Namibia, 2000, 2002, 2006 & 2007

Designs for Disney Design Group, Orlando, Florida 2003

PBS Magic Woods Productions as head illustrator, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2001-2003



Sculpture Review Magazine, "Educating a New Generation of Figurative Sculptors", 2012

Merit Award; SMA, UT: 88th Annual Spring Salon 2012

1st Place in sculpture category; Scottsdale Artist School; Best and Brightest Juried Ex. 2012

Southwest Artist Magazine; Sculpture and article featured in July's issue  2011

Awarded a scholarship through the Joe Beeler Foundation for excellence in sculpture 2011

1st Place & Purchase Award; Scottsdale Artist School; Best and Brightest Juried Ex. 2011

Merit Award; SMA, UT: 25th Annual Spiritual & Religious Exhibition 2010

Featured in Scottsdale's First Annual Drawing Event booklet  2009/2010

Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Featured in October's issue 2009

American Art Collector, Featured in October's issue, 2009

Ensign Magazine (distributed world wide), featured in Septembers issue 2009

American Art Collector, mentioned in January's issue, 2009

American Artist Magazine, (Drawing edition) Cover art competition, winter 2007