1985 …2023

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Research interests

With over 30 years of teaching experience, Phil Tyler is interested in developing a PhD research proposal looking at the pedagogy of drawing in HE and its history throughout the 20th and into the 21st century.

His academic research at the university is focussed on teaching drawing as well as developing an understanding of how drawings underpin students visual enquiry and problem solving in a variety of different art and design contexts

Scholarly biography

Phil Tyler is a practising artist who is interested in the relationship between the materiality of painting and it's potential to act as a cypher for grief, loss and the notion of the sublime. His practice involves painting, drawing, printmaking photography, collage, digital image and writing.

He has a track record of exhibiting work both nationally and internationally since the mid 1980s and his work has exhibited in the ING Discerning Eye, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Lynn Painter-Stainers prize, The Garrick Milne Prize, The Royal Over seas league, East, The National Open and the Whitworth young contemporaries competitions and most recently his work was part of an exhbibtion of 82 British Artists in Poland and well as The Ruth Borschard Prize. His work is in both public and private collections in this country as well as in America Australia Finland Hong Kong and Sweden, including Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Peterborough Museum as well as being collected by Brian Sewell and Kathleen Soriano 

His work is represented by Zimmer Stewart Gallery in Arundel, Jane Newbery in London and The Harbour Gallery Porthcatho,

His first book was published by Crowood Press in 2015 where he researched current trends in figure painting. For his second book, published in 2017, he looked at landscape painting and various pictorial languages contemporary artists use to represent it. 

Approach to teaching

Phil Tyler has considerable experience in Further Education (FE) having taught for 32 years at Richmond upon Thames Tertiary College (RUTC 1988-1995), Brighton Metropolitan College (GBMet  Formerly City College Brighton (CCB) and Hove and Brighton College of technology  BCT 1996-2019) and the last four years as a 0.4 at the University of Brighton.


He has taught in the fashion textiles dept, where he leads the Level 4 module AGP481 – Introduction to Visual research (using a range of imagery, drawings and process to initiate idea generation and development) as well as running two option modules AGX595- Drawing the Figure, AGX598-Creative colour, Theory and Practice) which are delivered across the School of Art and Media.

He has been a Course Leader for twenty years, running GNVQ courses at RUTC 1994-1995, BCT 1999-present). In Aug 2017 he became course leader of BA (Hons) Textiles with Business Studies, and from September 2019 he takes over as course leader BA Fine Art Printmaking.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Printmaking, University of Brighton

1 Sept 19881 Jul 1990

Award Date: 1 Jul 1990

Bachelor, Fine Art Painting, Loughborough University

1 Sept 19831 Jul 1986

Award Date: 1 Jul 1986

External positions

Course Leader, GBMet

1 Jan 19965 Sept 2019


  • ND Painting
  • NE Print media
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR


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