Cliff Tisdell is a visual artist, whose work has appeared in universities and galleries around the United States. Mr. Tisdell’s work is in private collections in New York, Canada, England and Germany.
He attended the School of Visual Arts, the Art Students League and has a B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University. He owned a graphic design studio in New York and worked in Carnegie Hall’s marketing department.
A highlight for Mr. Tisdell was working with Ivan Karp, the legendary art dealer. Other high points include having his work selected by the notable art scholar Dore Ashton, being included in Eric Fischl’s America: Now and Here project and designing three-sheet posters for the American Contemporary Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. His poster for Tan Dun’s Red Forecast is now in the composer’s private collection. Postmodern Funnies, a picture booklet by Mr. Tisdell garnered favorable comments from Jules Feiffer.
In 2016, Mr. Tisdell’s work was shown at the VanDerPlas Gallery in NYC and the George Segal Gallery, where he was a guest artist and lecturer. Other guest curators who have included his work for exhibitions, include Charlotta Kotik of the Brooklyn Museum and Nat Trotman of the Guggenheim Museum.
Mr. Tisdell is a regular speaker at libraries including, New Canaan, New City and Chappaqua. He has spoken at the Edward Hopper House and the Lillian Booth Actor's Home. Topics include; how Picasso survived in occupied France, why landscape painting is relevant in today’s world and a comparative look at Edward Hopper and Arthur Dove, among others.
Over the last three years, Tisdell has been focusing on the abstracted landscape. He has just begun to show this new body of work. Recently, the New City Library, NY acquired one of these paintings for their permanent collection.
“Many, many forms of art intrigue me, Scandinavian and Chinese painting are of particular interest to me right now. I like the simplicity and the deep connection to the landscape. It is exciting to try to express the energy and beauty of nature with oil, a medium that has been used for centuries and still is able to stir our senses.”