I have posted about Tyler Hoare, the Berkeley artist most widely known for his Snoopy and the Red Baron sculptures in the Bay.
Soon I will post about the Compound Gallery, 1167 65th Street, Oakland. I kid you not – my post about the Compound Gallery will rock you down to your quirky soul.
On February 2nd, The Compound’s second one-artist Tyler Hoare show opened. I post about it here.
Hoare’s kindness, joy of life, and love of art scream at you if you spend a few seconds with him.
Don’t let the tuxedo shirt with cufflinks, black bow tie and black jacket fool you – his jeans and shoes say it all. Q. U. I. R. K. Y.
For the card collectors: The Compound’s 2019 trading cards feature Hoare. $5 a pack or free with a purchase.
Il va sans dire – a mid-sized version of the Red Baron is front and center in the show. There are a few other Snoopy/Bed Baron/airplane-voking pieces.
And there is this wonderful photo of Hoare with an early version of the plane.
And this photo of Hoare and plane is one of several shown on the walls. But most of the art is Snoopy-free, just expressions of Hoare’s lifelong exploration with art.
This is my favorite. Hoare is a brilliant collagist. Really brilliant.
Many of Hoare’s sculptures are large, probably too large for most people’s taste or living rooms or budget. This photo from his gallery in Albany illustrates the point:
Compound Galley had an idea – make a three-dimension scan of the sculpture and cast it as a seven-inch-high desk sculpture.
Good idea! They are stunning. They are awesome. Brilliant idea and collaboration here. Seven designs – I could collect them all!
Hoare made a living designing home and commercial renovations – most notably a number of Mel’s Diner locations. All through the working years and now retired years he never stopped making art. Since the summer of 1976, he has maintained a gallery in Albany. It is filled with sculpture and collages and notebooks (explained below).
Each bit of recognition he gets is earned and deserved. He is a good soul making great art and projecting goodness and enthusiasm into the world.
The Compound Gallery is located at 1167 65th Street, just below San Pablo, in Oakland.
The gallery hours are 12:00 to 7:00 Wednesday through Sunday. On March 10th Hoare is speaking about art and his art at 1:00 p.m.
I can’t recommend the show enough enough. Hoare is exceptional. His art is exceptional. The Company Gallery is exceptional. Check out the trading card vending machine and art vending machine and the workshop in the back and the gift shop. It and Hoare and his art are all that quirky can be, the best of us.
I showed the post to my friend.
My friend has gotten to be friends with Tyler and helped with a couple of “Tyler called me last week. He’s working on a submarine for the Bay, out in the old Red Baron spot between University and Ashby. It will appear to surface as the tide wanes and dive as the tide rises.”
He handed me this advertisement. “This is what I wanted more than Anything Else in the World when I was eight. Earl and I were each gonna get one.
“We were inspired by the launch of the Thresher in 1960 Like so many of our grand plans our personal Polaris subs dream did not pan out. When she – the Thresher – went down in ’63 we remembered our dream. Anyways, I’m gonna help Tyler install his sub on a post in the Bay when he’s ready.”
This is good news indeed. But what about this post?
I look forward to visiting this gallery! Your link to Compound Gallery is for a gallery in Portland.
BAD MISTAKE BY ME. I’ve fixed it.
Have known Tyler since the early 1960’s. A really great guy. He has been working on this art forever and has taken it a long, long way. At first, I knew him as a commercial kitchen designer for Mel’s. He is the best of the best. What a great personality, that is part of his expression with his art. The San Francisco Bay is his playground and his expressions are there for the world to see!!!!
Very few artist ever see the popularity that Tyler has seen in his life time. Just ask anyone if they have seen the crazy art on the posts in the bay, but anyone visiting this .com can now place a name to that crazy art they see on the water that is posted.