Tallmadge Doyle


Celestial Ocean

The series, Celestial Oceans, considers intricate systems of microscopic ocean life forms simultaneously with the expansive telescopic realm of our solar system’s star formations. These natural realities, dissimilar in scope yet, at times indistinguishable in form, overlap and intertwine in my imagination offering boundless creative potential. This … g

High Tides Rising & the Underwater Garden

Read the Introduction to the catalog for an exhibit of this body of work. In the summer of 2018 I was granted an artist-in-residence at Kingsbrae International Artist Residency (KIRA) in New Brunswick, Canada. While at KIRA I lived within a 28 acre botanical garden … g

Papilio Monoprint Series

My residency at the Playa Foundation in the Spring of 2016 impacted my art in compelling and unfamiliar ways. Having the opportunity to observe bird migrations and experience Playa’s unique ecosystem and constantly shifting climactic conditions reinvigorated my creative practice. The work opened up to … g

Shifting Migrations

Shifting Migrations reflects on scientific findings of altered migratory patterns and ecosystems effected by changing climatic conditions. It is a meditation on the visual drama revealed in moments of transition within the natural world — something that one can see in a split second such … g

New work 2014-15

Last winter two rare snow storms battered my home region of the Willamette Valley in Western Oregon. Trees cracked internally and were brought down by the weight of snow and ice. All night long I listen to snapping and cracking noises and woke up to … g

Contemplari Natura

“Contemplari Natura” is the title of a 1% for the Arts Public Project administered by the Oregon Arts Commission and located in the Ford Alumni Center at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Twenty-one etched and painted copper plates depicting the flora and fauna of … g

Celestial Menagerie

Constellations are an invention of the human imagination. They are an expression of a desire to order the chaos of the night sky. For farmers who wanted an agricultural calendar, for shepherds who needed a nightly clock, for navigators and explorers dividing the sky into … g

Homage to Keplar

The Renaissance astronomers paved the way for the scientific revolution by questioning the existing systems and dogmas of the time, gradually laying the foundation for the modern concept of the universe. The works in the Kepler and Bruno series give homage to the bravery, courage, … g

Kepler’s Cosmic Geometry

In an effort to determine the distances between planets in our solar system the great German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) determined that the planetary intervals are defined by the relationship between the five regular geometric solids. In ancient geometry the regular solids held a special, … g

Homage to Giordano Bruno

Since the early twentieth century artists have investigated themes or forms associated with the cosmos, and I am no exception. In particular, I am attracted to the formal possibilities inherent in the geometry and the mathematical order associated with the cosmos since the time of … g

Prayer & Tree of Life

This body of work speaks of the mystery, beauty, and interconnectedness of the ideas inherent in ancient mystical traditions. My interests are also in the points of intersection between science and spirituality, both ancient and contemporary. Some of my visual source materials are found in … g

Four Elements

DNA researchers have discovered that four amino acids — adenine, thymine, guanine, and cytosine — form themselves in various combinations that are sequenced into patterns upon which all life is built. Each pattern holds in it a code that determines all of our genetic characteristics. … g

Evoking Angels

King Solomon, the son of David, King of Israel, was an infamous and legendary monarch and magician of the 10 century B. C. He was renowned for his wisdom and revered for what was believed to be supernatural powers. The Webster’s dictionary definition of science is … g

Origins of Medicine

When preparing copper plates for the intaglio printing process, I often feel like a primitive scientist of some sort working in the laboratory; heating copper plates, melting rosin, etching with acids, dissolving with solvents, all to reach a level of experimentation that may or may … g