Radical Vision is the first of a series of 5 exhibitions at Bernard Jacobson during 2018, presented to honour the work of William Tillyer as he turns 80. The gallery’s working relationship with Tillyer spans the rich evolution of his practice across almost 5 decades, representing a creative pairing unique in contemporary art and one which is also celebrated throughout 2018.
Tillyer as an artist of real individuality and invention; an artist who has continued to pursue his own singular approach over more than 60 years; Radical Vision, demonstrates a complex artist whose work, whilst evading easy definition, amply rewards those prepared to really look and engage.
The first impression of the more than 20 works feature in Radical Vision is one of a surprising multiplicity of shifting approaches. There is, however, a true continuity of vision and sustained themes which run through even the most seemingly disparate work - from the reductive and almost austere aesthetic of Tillyer’s work from the 60s - through to the luscious, colour saturated paintings of the present day.