H.D. Tylle is a man with a dual mission: to dignify labor
and put a human face on mass-produced products. His
principal tool is the paint brush; his dominant muse is
modern technology. Tylle specializes in the relatively ignored field of industrial
Along the way, he has captured scenes in workplaces that few artists - or members of the general public, for that matter - have visited. He has immortalized factory scenes and individual laborers, and underscored the importance of America’s shrinking industrial base.
And he’s enjoyed every painful, dangerous, gut-wrenching moment of it.“In my art,” Tylle said, “I am attempting to reach two levels: people who are involved in art but don’t know about working circumstances, and people working in factories who are normally not involved in art.”
In the course of his long career, Tylle said, he has sought to follow the example of Vincent Van Gogh by actually going where the workers are to depict them. [...]