REVIEW: Central Vermont Medical Center
Adelaide Tyrol Show Opens at CVMC
By Lisa Connell
Adelaide Tyrol spent a good part of her professional life as a botanical and natural history illustrator. “With due respect to the importance of viewing nature with a scientifically accurate eye, I find the power of nature to lie beyond the caliper. Upon close inspection, the natural world reveals truths other than analytical ones. A random moment, fully recognized can embrace the spirit and lead us to a deeper understanding of life. For me, the source is contained in the natural world; the process of painting is an attempt to communicate with and understand its well-spring,” explains Adelaide.
Adelaide Murphy Tyrol lives in Vermont and is an accomplished fine artist whose paintings have been displayed in numerous shows, galleries and museums. She has studied at the Art Student’s League, The Parson’s School of Design and has recently received her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. Along with her gallery work, Adelaide is co-owner of Oliphant Studios - a scenic painting house in NYC which serves the photography and film industries. She is also a natural history illustrator. Her natural history pieces are often book-size; her scenic work is typically 14" x 40". She works primarily out of her studios in Plainfield, Vermont and New York City.
“We were captivated by Adelaide’s work,” said Central Vermont Medical Center President and CEO Judy Tarr. “We are very pleased to be hanging new work from her trip to the Galapagos Islands in our lobby gallery.”
Adelaide and her husband Brian took a trip to the Galapagos Islands this past February. “I am probably the only person who did not tour the Islands with camera in hand. I was with others who were photographers, but I filled notebooks with drawings and concise notes about color, painting when I returned to the boat we were traveling on. I was so close to the animals — I really got to know them.”
“These paintings are quite straightforward,” stated Adelaide. “They are a direct response to an extraordinary place. However, while I was painting this body of work, the oil spill happened in the Gulf. As I was painting and thinking about microscopic marine life, sea birds, turtles and other living things in the Galapagos, I was also haunted by this catastrophic black cloud and it gave these paintings a bit of an edge.”