William Tillyer is spending much of this year making watercolour drawings. These works on paper 'The Frobisher Watercolours' are intended as a prelude to a new group of paintings for 2015. The works on paper will be shown at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery during 2015 and the new paintings will be shown in 2016

The ‘Frobisher Watercolours’ are worked on a square format hand made paper using the paint medium ‘Vintage Watercolours’ these high quality pigments are manufactured in the U.K. by Pip Seymour Fine Art Products

'Frobisher' is part of The Barbican complex in the City of London and is Tillyer's present studio setting, providing much of the material and inspiration for the new works.

In 1974 Tillyer began making a series of etching plates illustrating the Karl Huysmans' book ‘À Rebours’. This printmaking aspect of his practice continued for a number of years, producing 50 images. Tillyer has returned to this project and is presently working on further images to complete what is envisaged to be a 100 image publication. Some of the earlier etching plates are presently being editioned by Clifton Editions in Bristol. The entire project will be completed and shown at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery in 2018 celebrating Tillyer's 80th year.

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A Free Thinking career interview with artist William Tillyer, whose work is being celebrated in a retrospective at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art MIMA.

Listen to Night Waves

In the build up to exhibition 'Against Nature' at mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), and whilst putting the finishing touches to his series 'The Watering Place' William Tillyer was joined in his North Yorkshire studio by writer and critic Mel Gooding to discuss his work.

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An exhibition of new works by William Tillyer opens at The Bernard Jacobson Gallery with a Private View on Thursday October 10th from 6-8pm and runs from 11th October - 30th November 2013.

The exhibition will consist of works from two new series: 'The Watering Place' and 'Palmer' and coincides with the retrospective exhibition at MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, which opens to the public on 25th October 2013.

The Watering Place takes its name from the Rubens masterpiece in the collection of the National Gallery, London (1615-22). This work was also the inspiration for a painting of the same name by the English artist Thomas Gainsborough (before 1777) and later for John Constable's The Hay Wain(1821), both paintings also in the collection of the National Gallery, London. Tillyer?s eponymous Palmer series refers to the romantic and visionary landscape painter Samuel Palmer (1805-1881) and both series can be seen as part of that same English romantic landscape tradition.

Both series convey Tillyer?s deep engagement with painting, particularly abstraction and the tradition of landscape painting. They also reveal the undiminished ambition with which the artist continues to bring fresh insight to the underlying obsessions of his experimental oeuvre; his investigations into the nature of the art object and its role in the world; and his search for materials and techniques not usually associated with painting.

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On Sunday 27th October, 2013 at 2.15pm William Tillyer will be a guest at Free Thinking to talk to BBC Look North's Sharuna Sagar about an artistic career which has embraced watercolours, print making, drawing, working in tapestry and ceramics and with glass blowers at the National Glass Museum in Sunderland.

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William Tillyer, one of Britain's foremost practitioners of watercolour, marks his 75th birthday with an exhibition of new work.

The Inspired by... gallery brings the work of contemporary artists into the heart of the North York Moors National Park. In many ways, it is the perfect place to show the work of William Tillyer, whose experimental approach to abstraction is rooted fundamentally in a passion for landscape.

In this new exhibition of watercolour drawings and works on paper, he addresses the themes of structure and geometry within an inhabited, working landscape, offering a different perspective on the North York Moors National Park.

Exhibition details

William has recently been continuing a life long exploration of media, techniques and craftsmanship, working with glass blowers at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. Still in the prototype stage these pieces have been created with James Maskrey. The finished works will form part of the forthcoming exhibition at mima.

Previous collaborations have included the creation of tapestry pieces, high tech machine embroidery, ceramics and bronze casting.



This autumn, mima gives over all its major gallery spaces to the work of Middlesbrough-born William Tillyer, in the largest presentation by a single artist at mima since the gallery's opening in 2007. Tillyer's work is held and has been shown in many museums and private collections nationally and internationally, but he is still surprisingly little known in this country and in his home region.

mima is excited to be showing paintings, watercolours, sculptures and drawings