William Tillyer is a celebrated British painter and watercolourist whose work has been shown frequently in London and New York since the 1970s. Tillyer was born in Middlesbrough and studied painting at Middlesbrough College of Art. He then went on to study at London's Slade School of Fine Art. He began to make radically experimental work, which raised questions about the relationship of art to the world, and of man to nature. The 1970s saw Tillyer return to printmaking with renewed vigour, using a variety of techniques - from etching to five-tone screenprinting - to create lattices that Pat Gilmour described as 'a cool and unpeopled world...in which to reflect the surrounding flux of nature'. Tillyer has been invited to work internationally in locations including Cadiz, Spain; Tobago, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Count Kerry, Ireland for the Cill Rialaig Project; and Melbourne, Australia. Tillyer has served as a visiting professor at Brown University in the United States, the Bath Academy of Art, and the Chelsea School of Art. Tillyer has exhibited internationally, and his work can be found in the collections of major institutions including the Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth; the Arts Council Collection; the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; and Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.