Tyler James Bush | Paintings
I have been described as a Modern Renaissance Man because of my wide range of interests and talents. I'm eager to learn new traits, and I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty. The arts are my passion, and since a young age, I have been building and creating in a myriad of mediums. Whether I'm working at a desk, in a shop or outdoors, I'm comfortable using the tools necessary to get the job done. I hold degrees in Small Business Management and Computer Animation, and for the past 14 years, I have owned and run a multimedia company. I'm confident I can do any job I apply myself to—and do it well.
Tyler James Bush, Artist, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, Deer Lady's, Deer Ladies, Claytown, Clay, Modern Renditions
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Paintings

My Paintings and Their Meaning to Me
with a Description of the Artwork by the Artist, Tyler Bush

01. “Dysfunctional City”
Owner: Tyler Bush
1995
Acrylic
15″ X 30″

01 Dysfunctional CityWhen I painted this, I was thinking about how screwed up the outside world is. We have all of these social cliques and classes, and everyone has forgotten what we are all here to do. The broken window represents the outside world coming into the inside world (ourselves). The exposed brick represents the downfall of all of this shit we are accustomed to. The falling stars represent all of the times I wanted something or someone and was rejected. The moon is the hope that I will still accomplish my dreams but that I may still stand alone in the end. The green clouds show that we are polluting ourselves with everything we do. The different windows represent the classes we all belong to, such as the “Gold Frame Upper Class.” This painting was important for me to do.

02. “Every Woman”
Owner: Sale Price $180
1995
Acrylic
24″ X 33″

02 Every WomanThis is every woman I have loved and whose love I have never had in return. She is the perfect woman to me: healthy, unique, and interesting. Her different hair colors represent every color of hair of the women I have loved. However, she is not all complete. She has lines that do not connect and that is the gap that she never allowed me to help fill, a void in her life. I don’t think of this as being sexual. Her large breasts are her only defense, but they are not perfect either. They show that she, too, has some flaws. She will always be an inspiration to me. She is beautiful.

03. “Our Own Personal Rage”
Owner: Sale Price $180
1995
Acrylic
24″ X 33″

03 Our Own Personal RageMusic was my main influence for this particular piece. I was inspired with a vision I had on New Year’s Eve 1995, going into 1996. I was drunk and listening to Smashing Pumpkins’ “Bullets with Butterfly Wings.” I was going nuts with emotion and I envisioned sharp lines, and a dead hand with bloody nails. The song’s opening lines dug into me like a knife, and so did all of its meanings. The figure’s heart is exposed for everyone to see, but no one really cares. His mouth exposes all of his true feelings, but no one ever listens. No matter how much we do, it seems that it is never enough. The figure is much like the old taking the new—everyone is replaced. Over time, I have realized that what is lost can never be saved but we mustn’t let the old take the new. Every time I hear “Bullets with Butterfly Wings,” it is like a personal high for me, and I will always remember what I was felling at the time I painted this.

04. “The Old ‘51 Chevy”
Owner: Harley Bush
1996
Acrylic
24″ X 33″

04 The Old 51' ChevyAfter so much shit I was put through with my parents’ divorce, the one thing I could always count on was the only thing that both my parents could agree on: The old ‘51 Chevy was mine. In times of need, she never let me down. She always provided my friends and me with endless fun. I don’t know who didn’t have fun once I got behind the wheel. It was like Mister Toad’s Wild Ride: you could never tell what kind of adventure she would take us on, but we always got our money’s worth. I didn’t paint her for me, I really painted it for her, so she could see that I really appreciated her, and would return her to her original splendor so, once again, she would rule the roads with me behind the wheel.

Not Finished

05. My Perfect Place – “ClayTown”
Owner: Work in Progress
1996 – Today
Acrylic
48″ X 24″

ClayTown made me unique and that was the most important thing to me as I tried not to fall into the cliques and social classes. ClayTown was the one place that I could always go to escape the everyday torture of life. It was my perfect place. It had all that made me happy, really not much that I really want to expose for years of work, other than it was a place I could retreat to when I need to retreat to it, and I was always welcome, and was accepted.

06. “Lemon”
Owner: Janet Diteman
01 of 02
Unknown
Acrylic
20″ X 16″

06 LemonA finger-painted piece to get in touch with my inner-child. The best subject matter for that is from the fruit family: the lemon.

07. “Why Not A Lemon”
02 of 02
Owner: Sale Price $55
11.17.1998
Acrylic
20″ X 16″

07 Why Not A LemonAfter the first lemon painting, the second was bound to happen. I gave the first to Janet and then wanted my own finger-painted lemon. And it is the transport of the future.

08. “Une bouteille de vin du pays, sil vous plait” (I would like a bottle of wine, please.)
Owner: Ryan White
1998
Acrylic
20″ X 16″

08 A bottle of the local wine, please!I decided to paint this painting a little differently from my others. I did it by finger painting. I was also a little drunk and jamming to Neil Diamond every time I worked on it. I told Ryan that for his 20th birthday, I would paint him a picture. All he asked was that I use lots of blue and put a café in it. This was a fun painting to do because it will come to life when we travel to Europe this fall. When our glasses are empty, we have reached the end of our journey, but the memories of our trip will live on forever.

09. “Rock Bottom”
Owner: Sale Price $55
10.19.1998
Acrylic
20″ X 16″

09 Rock Bottom“Once you hit rock bottom, it can only get better.” This is how a person feels when they ask “Why me? Where did I go wrong?” Life sucks and you feel nothing can make it better. You are feeling worse than you ever have. Why? Because I feel with each love it gets better but the first one is the one who sets the stage for all to follow. It sets the benchmark. And for someone like me, it’s hard to put so much into one person.

10. “Depression” (Alternate title “The Mean Reds”)
Owner: Sale Price $55
10.26.1998
Acrylic
16″ X 20″

10 DepressionWhen you feel like death, someone pushes you into your grave.

11. “Pulling Myself Together”
Owner: Sold
11.02.1998
Acrylic
20″ X 16″

11 Pulling Myself TogetherSometimes the hardest thing is realizing it is over. No do-over, just game over. It’s time to pick up the pieces and pull yourself together. One day, you ask yourself if all this depression is worth dragging your life down, and you get up and say, “No.” Wake up and continue what you’re here to do. Be happy in life.

12. “The Rebirth”
Owner: Sale Price $55
11.16.1998
Acrylic
16″ X 20″

12 The ReBirth“And in the end, the boy out flew his love only to shine as his own star.” When you hit rock bottom, go through the stages of depression and then pull yourself together, it’s kind of like your heart is reborn and ready for the next love. Life is a wonderful thing. We are always wondering, am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing, and why am I here? What is the meaning of my life? To quote Nietzsche, “Was Mich Nicht Umbringt, Macht Mich Stärker” or “That which does not kill me, will make me stronger.” Words I live by.

13. “Beneath the Lake Of Time”
Owner: Candice Applegate
10.20.1999
Acrylic
16″ X 20″

13 Beneath the Lake Of TimeWhen an event happens in your life, what do you do to remember it always? Sally Holcomb will always remind me of a fantastic woman who, despite her financial hardships was always a great provider to her children. As a single mother, Sally did everything to remain positive and strong when others couldn’t. I always think about this when I question my own life.

14. “4th of July 1998 in Coeur d’Alene”
Sold
02.04.1999
Acrylic
16″ X 20″

14 4th of July 1998 in Coeur d'AleneInspired after the start of what was to become a great summer with a fantastic adventure to follow. The 4th of July is and will always be very important to me. My mother tells me I was conceived on the July 3, 1977. Also one of my most memorable trips to Coeur d’ Alene occurred in the year 2004, when I was able to return to CDA with a great bunch of trouble makers from Boise. Go Team Miranda!

15. “Grapes”
Owner: Keith Shepherd
Date Unknown
Acrylic
9″ X 12″

15 GrapesA study of the best way to paint grapes, nothing more really

16. “Millennium”
Owner: Sale Price $55
01.04.1999
Acrylic
20″ X 16″

16 MillenniumIt’s the last night on Earth: January 01, 2000. Time will stand still. The face of Death looks grim, only if you believe! It’s until the end of the world. At the year’s turn from 1998 to 1999, I took a trip to Nelson, BC with some friends from high school and on our way back home, we discussed many things. The most memorable and what was on most people’s minds was what would the next New Year’s Day be like? Will everything fail like predicted? We had no idea, but I knew the next year would be chaotic and hectic. As I closed my eyes with this thought, this was the image in my mind.

17. “Bottle of Wine, Fruit of the Vine!”
Owner: Sale Price $55
02.14.1999
Acrylic
16″ X 20″

17 Bottle of Wine, Fruit of the Vine!After the Grapes study, I was ready to paint this painting. It was shortly after my trip to Europe, a  wine-infused vacation. The vintage of the wine is also significant: 1978. Oh, what a great year! The end of the ‘70s and I was a newborn bundle of joy.

18. “Lava Lamp”
Owner: Sale Price $55
03.09.1999
Acrylic
16″ X 20″

18 Lava LampA simple piece with a revolutionary pop culture item.

19. “Life Under a Microscope”
Owner: Sale Price $55
02.06.1999
Acrylic
16″ X 20″

19 Life Under a MicroscopeI was inspired while waiting for a biology class to start. At times in my life, I have felt like was under close watch. Hence, life under the microscope.

20. “To The Future and Beyond”
Owner: Amy Atkins
02.08.1999
Acrylic
16″ X 20″

20 To The Future and BeyondI painted this after a road trip to visit friends who were attending the University of Idaho. As I was driving, I looked around and thought about how magical and beautiful uninhabited land is and how someday that will be harder to enjoy.

21. “I Don’t Like the Drugs, But the Drugs Like ME!”
Owner: Daniel Holguin
Date Unknown
Acrylic
20″ X 16″

21 I don't like the Drugs, but the Drugs Like ME!When people are coping with a loss, many turn to alternative ways to self-medicate. Whether it be a drink, prescriptions or illegal drugs, something usually works to kill the pain.

22. “The Dream”
Owner: Tyler Bush
02.25.1999
Acrylic
20″ X 16″

22 The DreamA cropped and close-up version of the Picasso painting “The Dream,” which happens to be a favorite of mine. Because it’s in a private collection after fetching millions in a Sotheby’s auction, I knew I may never see it in person so I painted my own copy

23. “Nude with Big Red Lips”
Owner: Sale Price $55
06.27.1999
Acrylic
16″ X 20″

23 Nude with Big Red LipsWho could really resist painting and title like this? No one was in mind when this one was created. I just had the idea and like the look as if she is hanging by one hand. I liked to hang it at an angle like the image.

24. “TOLT Logo”
Owner: Tyler Bush
Unknown
Acrylic
20″ X 16″

24 TOLT LogoThis is the logo for Tolt Enterprise, my fictitious company in my ClayTown. Tolt is also my nickname.

25. “Violet Sunrise, Gray Morning”
Owner: Sale Price $20
Unknown
Acrylic
9″ X 12″

25 Violet Sunrise, Gray MorningYet another finger painting with a great title. When my friend Keith and I were trying to figure out a name for this painting, it came to him. Once he said it, I loved it.

26. “Last Dance”
Owner: Sale Price $55
02.08.2001
Acrylic
16″ X 20″

26 Last danceSometimes the paint hits the canvas and the brush just moves around in a motion that mimics a dance. This was the case here, in this aerial view of two people dancing.

27. “Rain Drops Keep Falling on my Head”
Owner: Sale Price $55
02.10.2001
Acrylic
16″ X 20″
27 Rain Drops Keep Falling On My HeadThis is an abstract piece of a common idea: most people think that their troubles are because of something other than their own actions. Everyone can change their own life if they want to, put forth the energy for betterment and look at every obstacle as an opportunity.

28. “Jackie”
Owner: Sale Price $150
06.08.2002
Acrylic
24″ X 30″
28 JackieShe is an international icon and a role model by every standard. Many things a person can strive to have and many people think they can buy everything. I feel two items a person can’t easily acquire are grace and style. Jackie is figure of both and depicts what America was, is, and can be.

29. “French Riviera”
Owner: Sale Price $150
06.10.2002
Acrylic
24″ X 30″
29 French RivieraIt’s more of an abstract view of a majestic place. The French Riviera has beautiful water and floral landscapes. A very relaxed atmosphere surrounds the area. This painting has a subtle color, and was placed in a relaxing room, my bedroom. As I awoke every morning, I could glance over and remember a time when I basked in the French Riviera sun.

30. “Blue”
Owner: Sale Price $55
07.20.2002
Acrylic
16″ X 20″
Painting (31)This was painted with the same blue paint that was used to paint the foam pieces in Club Awkward’s VIP room. I liked the bright blue and wanted just a solid painting of it.

31. “Red Building”
Owner: Sale Price $55
08.14.2002
Acrylic
16″ X 20″
30 Red BuildingIt came to me in a dream: a red building standing alongside dark buildings. I wondered what downtown would look like if there were buildings painted this color. Well, we can always wonder.

32. “Love is in the Air”
Owner: Sale Price $55
08.25.2002
Acrylic
16″ X 20″

31 Love is in the AirEvery spring it happens: everywhere you look, people are falling in love. It’s a cleansing time for the soul, kind of a rebirth, or reinvention period. But not for everyone.

33. “Lemon”
(Two Pieces)
Owner: Sale Price $120
10.15.2003
Acrylic
20″ X 16″
32 LemonIf these paintings could talk, wow. One year in my bathroom, and  the stories would be Painted for the sole purpose of filling a blank bathroom wall to match a lemon theme I have, it does what I intended it to do, using the same method I used with my other lemons, finger-painting.

34. “Soy esa estrella (I am that Star)”
Owner: Sale Price $55
11.26.2004
Acrylic
16″ X 20″
33 Soy esa estrella - I am that StarInspired by a song by the Spanish singing group Fangoria and their song “En Otro Mundo (In Another World),” this song is great because the singer sings about how she is this person that you dream of being but will never going to be equal to, is no matter what you do. She is in another world: “I am stars distant endless brightness the dream, the illusion that you try to reach.” Wow. If only more celebrities felt like her!

FANGORIA – Another World lyrics

I am endlessly distant star shine The dream, the illusion you’re trying to achieve
I am the horizon at sea Deep in unfathomable am.
You know I’m in another world with eternal sleep unattainable conquer think it is possible but do not be fooled, I’m in another world, in another world, in another world
I am a lost cause and your doom Willing to hurt your poor heart
I am, the fever that will void your audacity and cruelty with intent …
I am someone who is in another world Musa that inspires you and confuses
As the laser beam that stuns you want to catch me I will stay in another world in another world, in another world
Prefer the illusion may be true There is no distance between dream and reality
Prefer the illusion may be true There is no distance between dream and reality

35. “Fame Via Television”
Owner: Sale Price $55
11.27.2004
Acrylic
20″ X 16″
34 Fame Via TelevisionIn this painting, it has the heart which represents the love that we have for our nation’s celebrities. The only reason some people are famous from TV is because they are on TV. People use to be famous for the technologies they discovered or places they had traveled, now just because they win some reality TV show, they think they are famous. What happened to earning you fame and fortunes?

36. “My American Life”
(Two Pieces)
Owner: Sale Price $120
12.04.2004
Acrylic
16″ X 20″
35 My American LifeThis one is inspired by many things and kind of my first when it comes painting political works. I consider myself a worldly person, after my trips and vast interest in other cultures. My collection of friends reflects that I appreciate the differences in the U.S. when it comes to its melting pot of culture. As an American I enjoy sharing and absorbing the culture that is created in such a melting pot. As time clicks by, and the world gets smaller, it’s better to get to know each other than to isolate ourselves. I have a great amount of patriotism but fear for the future of mankind.

37. “Love”
Sold
02.01.2005
Acrylic
20 ” X 16″
36 LoveLove. What is it to you? For me, it is a concept in flight, a cosmic force that is always moving,  flying from one person to another, giving and taking with each flight.

38. “Jawbreaker”
Owner: Sale Price $55
02.02.2005
Acrylic
16″ X 20″
37 JawbreakerThe jawbreaker is an endless treat, always there until the last ring. Sold in the candy store for a buck—but ask your dentist before you buy for it may be the hardest thing to eat.

39. “Small Lemon”
Owner: Sale Price $30
04.02.2005
Acrylic
20″ X 16″
38 Small LemonCreated after I painted the two piece lemon, I needed another one to hang in the same location.

40. “Pride”
Sold
07.01.2007
Acrylic
12″ X 12″
40 PrideIt was painted for a possible Boise Weekly cover to be used for the Pride Issue.