'Nobody at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery'

'For A. O. / Articulations'
57.8 x 57.8cm

Nobody is a collaboration between William Tillyer and British poet Alice Oswald. Both painter and poet took their mutual inspiration from water.

"We're like two people going on a woodland walk. You wander off on your own path and then come back together again," explains Tillyer when I meet him and Oswald in The Tabernacle, a west London community arts centre, to discuss their new project.

"We're definitely not illustrating each other. We put that out of the way straight away." Oswald also testifies to their unfettered exchange. "We were corresponding for three years," she tells me when I ask her about the origins of Nobody, a book and exhibition at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery in London that brings together her long poem and a set of watercolours by Tillyer. (Double inspiration: William Tillyer and Alice Oswald via @financialtimes)

The watercolours are currently on show at The Bernard Jacobson Gallery and a book 'Nobody' presenting both sides of the collaboration is published by 21

Nobody is presented as part a of a special year of books and exhibitions featuring the work of Tillyer in celebration of the artist's 80th birthday in 2018


Double inspiration: William Tillyer and Alice Oswald in the FT