Inspired by the intersection of race, politics and pop culture, Tylonn J. Sawyer creates multifaceted works of expression that are reflective, insightful and educational. With a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University, Sawyer’s art is the byproduct of a well-read man with lived experiences.
Sawyer says art can be a catalyst for social change. “Whether you empathize with my work or choose not to, it has a lot of facts and honesty. It is the factual and cold truth that’s driving the emotions of what we are seeing today,” he says. Because he draws on those ever-present topics, he’s able to “cultivate” work that has a certain “matter-of-factness” – and challenges the mythology of America.