Mnemonic Device

Joe Tilson (1928 - )

Lithograph with gouache

1975

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Serious Fraud Office, 2-4 Cockspur Street
  • About the artist
    Joe Tilson is known for his paintings, prints and constructions. He was born in London in 1928 and began his working life as a carpenter, before serving in the Royal Air Force between 1946 and 1949. He studied in London at St Martin’s School of Art (1949–1952) and at the Royal College of Art (1952–1955), where Peter Blake was a fellow student. He was awarded the Rome Prize and lived in Italy from 1955 to 1957. On his return to Britain he taught at St Martin’s from 1958 to 1963 and also at the Slade School of Art in London, the School of Visual Arts in New York, and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg. His first solo exhibitions were held in the early 1960s and his work attracted international attention when it was shown at the Venice Biennale in 1964. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1985 and was made a full Academician in 1991. More recently, he has exhibited THE FLAGS, a site-specific installation for the Swatch Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, combining images from Venetian church facades, geometric patterns on stone flooring, and written inscriptions. His works can be found in a large number of collections around the world, including Tate and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He divides his time between Britain and Tuscany.
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  • Details
    Title
    Mnemonic Device
    Edition
    56/80
    Date
    1975
    Medium
    Lithograph with gouache
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Waddington Galleries, February 1977
    Inscription
    below image: 56/80 / Tilson.1975.
    GAC number
    12969