William Tillyer

1938
Born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.

1956-59
Studied painting at Middlesbrough College of Art.

1958
Visited Paris for the opening of the Unesco Building and the inaugural exhibition.

1960-62
Studied painting under William Coldstream and etching under Anthony Gross at the Slade School, London.

1962
Made first woodcut prints in Edinburgh.
Awarded French Government Scholarship to study gravure under William Hayter at Atelier 17, Paris.

1963
Returned to London and married Judith Jackson.
Started part-time work at Chelsea School of Art, London (until 1970).
Taught etching at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham (until 1972).

1966
Moved to Parsons Green studio. Built an etching press and made series of coloured prints and constructed paintings.

1970-73
Worked in the Foundation Department of Watford School of Art.

1974
Visited New York for the opening of his first one-man exhibition there.
Started work on illustrations for ‘A Rebours’ by J.K. Huysman.
Spent the summer in Verona working on his first 'Hotel Room watercolours'.

1975-76
Moved to Providence, Rhode Island, USA as visiting Professor at Brown University.

1978
Moved to Wiltshire and started working on the wire mesh/collage paintings.

1981-82
Appointed artist-in-residence at Melbourne University, Australia.
Traveled to the Simpson Desert. Painted the Open Meshcanvases.
Traveled through France, Switzerland and Italy, ‘The First Grand Tour’ working in watercolours.

1984
Traveled extensively throughout South Western America making watercolours. Worked on the Bridge Meshpaintings and the Esk Bridgeseries of etchings.

1989
Showed the Westwood Paintings and worked on a ceramic project at Fulham Pottery.

1990
Invited by Mixographia to work in Los Angeles on large-scale relief prints.

1992
Invited to the Lake Isle of Innisfree in Ireland to make watercolours with a group of artists.

1993
Visited Pennsylvania to make a series of watercolours based on Frank Lloyd Wright house “Falling Water”. Also visited Cooperstown, Lake Otsego and the James Fenimore Cooper collection of Native American artefacts.

1994
Travelled in Italy, visiting Florence, Ravenna and Mantua.
Worked on the Blackhaven Paintings.

1995-96
Worked on the Fluxion Paintings.

1997
Spent six months living in Paris and working on the 'Paris Interiors Series'.

1998
Short-listed for the Jerwood Prize.

2000
Publication of 'Against the Grain' a major monograph by Norbert Lynton.
Started working on 'The Encounter Works' of painted constructs.

2002
Worked on a series of watercolours as part of the 'Hardware: Variations on a theme of Encounter' group of works.

2003
Working on the watercolour series 'In the South'.

2005
Creates "Encounter in a Third Style" series of wire mesh paintings and 'The Percival David Watercolours'.
Begins work on 'Revisionist Wire Work' series.
Bernard Jacobson publishes a series of digital prints The Arcadian Quest Quartet.
Commissioned to design a stained glass window for Arts and Crafts church at Gunnerton, Northumberland.

2006
Invited by the City of Cadiz to work at the Castillo de San Sebastian Studios as artist in residence.
Begins work on 'The Cadiz Caprices' series.

2007
Completion of the Gunnerton stained glass window commission for St Christopher’s church.
Completes 'The Cadiz Caprices' series.

2010
A four-part exhibition season devoted to the artist’s work begins at Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London. Addressing in turn Tillyer’s Prints, Paintings, Watercolours and latest body of work across all three mediums, the season marks an unprecedented commitment to one artists work by a commercial gallery.
 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

1962
Middlesbrough Art Gallery, Middlesbrough

1970
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol

1971
Serpentine Gallery, London

1972
Grafiska Sallskapet, Stockholm

1973
Galerie Multitude, Paris

1974
Studio La Citta’, Verona
Galerie Jacomo-Santiveri, Paris

1974
Atmosphere Gallery, London

1975
Galerie Jacques Bosser, Paris
Gallery Ariadne, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Utrecht
Neue Galerie Museum, Linz
Gallery 39, Manchester
ICA Galleries, London

1975
Sunderland Arts Centre, Sunderland

1976
Galerie Ahlner, Stockholm
Asard and Asard, Johanneshov, Sweden

1977
Kornblee Gallery, New York
Gothenburg, Sweden

1978
Hobson Gallery, Cambridge
Nuffield Gallery, Southampton University
Ian Birkstead Gallery, London
Stadia Graphics, Sydney
Gallery Malmgran, Gothenburg

1978
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

1980
Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
Curwen Gallery, London

1981
Oriel Gallery, Cardiff
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Los Angeles

1982
Melbourne University Gallery, Australia
Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney
Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney

1983
Bernard Jacobson Galleries, London, New York and Los Angeles

1985
Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago

1987
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Louise Hallett Gallery, London
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles

1989
Smith Anderson Gallery, California
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

1990
Images Gallery, Ohio

1991
Cleveland Bridge Gallery, Bath
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Wildenstein & Co. Ltd, London
Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

1992
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Adelson Galleries, New York
Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles

1993
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Adelson Galleries, New York

1994
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Wildenstein & Co. Ltd, London

1995
Belloc Lowndes Fine Art Inc, Chicago
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Harewood Visual Arts, Leeds

1996
Cleveland Gallery, Middlesbrough

1997
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia

1999
Charleston Gallery, Sussex
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

2000
'William Tillyer: Works', Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

2002
'William Tillyer: Hardware', Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Broadbent Gallery, London
Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia

2002-03
Bernard Jacobson Gallery & Bernard Jacobson Print Gallery, London
2003
'William Tillyer: Watercolours', Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

2004
'William Tillyer: Farrago', Bernard Jacobson Gallery & Bernard Jacobson Print Gallery, London
Eton College, Windsor

2006
'William Tillyer: The Revisionist Wire Works', Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

2008
'William Tillyer: The Cadiz Caprices', Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York

2010
'William Tillyer Season: Part One - The Prints', Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
'William Tillyer Season: Part Two - The Paintings', Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
'William Tillyer Season: Part Three - The Watercolours', Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
'William Tillyer Season: Part Four - New Paintings: Clouds', Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

2011
'The Balcony Watercolours', Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

2013
'The Watering Place', Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough
Inspired by Gallery, The North York Moors Centre, Danby, North Yorkshire
Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough

2015
'The Palmer Paintings', Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Arts Council of Great Britain
Bank of America
Boston Museum of Art
Bradford City Art Gallery
Broadgate Centre, London
Brooklyn Art Museum, New York
Federal Savings Bank, Los Angeles
Fort Worth Art Museum, Texas
Manchester City Art Gallery
Melbourne University, Australia
Middlesbrough Art Gallery
Milton Keynes Development Corporation
Museum of Art, Lodz, Poland
Museum of Art, Varsovie, Poland
Museum of Contemporary Art, Varsovie, Poland
Museum of Contemporary Art, Friedrickstad, Norway
Museum of Contemporary Art, Utrecht, Holland
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
N.A.S.A., USA
Northern Arts Association
Norwich City Art Gallery
Reading University
Southampton University
Southern Arts Association
The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
The British Council
The Mellon Bank, London
The Tate Gallery, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Westminster Bank, London