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Hank Tyler
Wood Sculptor
Melbourne, Australia

Silver Lake, Kansas


Hank Tyler is an internationally known sculptor of birds in wood. He began realistic sculpture of birds in 1960 under the guidance of Charles G. Chase. Early exhibits included: MacKenzie Gallery in Brunswick, Maine in 1961 – Best of the Show, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine in 1971 – One Man Show. Ogunquit Art Center, Ogunquit, Maine in 1977 – Special Merit Award.

Hank Tyler is a founding member of The Society for Wildlife Art for the Nation (UK), and has been invited to exhibit in “Birds in Art” at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, and 2012. In 1995, Hank Tyler was awarded the Society of Animal Artists’ Award of Excellence for “Resting for the Day.”

Articles and photographs of Hank Tyler’s sculpture have appeared in Fine Woodworking Biennial Design Book (1977), Natural World , UK (1986), Wildlife Art News (1995) featuring Hank Tyler’s work, and Wildfowl Carving Competition (2000); Wildlife Art (2004) Spotlight.

Growing up on the shores of Casco Bay, Hank Tyler developed a fondness for shorebirds and ocean birds. In 1960 he began sculpting birds, and over the years developed his skills without formal training. Tyler uses a variety of hardwoods that he works primarily by hand with chisels. Walnut, Osage Orange and Bubinga woods are sanded very fine and finished with Tung oil to enhance the wood’s fine grain pattern and color. Tyler’s style is realistic with a subtle abstract twist.

Tyler’s sculptures are on exhibition at Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor; The Gallery at Somes Sound in Somesville; Frost Gulley
Gallery, Freeport,; Thos. Moser in Freeport, Ducktrap Bay Trading in Camden, and at June LaCombe’s sculpture exhibition in Pownal

Tyler was artist in resident at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay in June 2012; Maine Lakes Resource Center in Belgrade Lakes in August 2012, and demonstrated at “Birds in Art” Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin in September 2012.