The Fine Art Society will present a major retrospective of the painter William Tillyer, described as ‘one of the finest painters working in Britain today,’ and a former professor at Brown. The exhibition is a precursor to a series of shows to celebrate the artist’s 80th birthday in 2018.
Providing a unique opportunity to consider the breadth and range of Tillyer’s oeuvre, the exhibition will focus on the last forty years of his practice with over 40 works painted between 1977 and 2016. He has worked primarily in acrylic and watercolour, besides making constructions, prints and drawings.
Throughout his sixty year career, writers and critics have paid attention to William Tillyer’s powerful interpretations of the landscape, yet no single category can convey the multiplicity of his work and ideas. Tillyer has been described as a romantic and as a classicist, as a traditionalist and a modernist, and the truth is that his work does not exclude any of these positions.