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William Tillyer: Against Nature

25 October 2013 - 9 February 2014
image copyright Eve Photography

The full exhibition, covering 5 gallery spaces is open until 9 February. The upstairs gallery, which contains sculptures and watercolours, is open until 19 February.

“Many people think he is the finest painter in Britain. Many people may be right. He’s called William Tillyer.” Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times.

mima has given over all its major gallery spaces to the work of Middlesbrough-born William Tillyer, in the largest presentation of a single artist at mima since the gallery’s opening in 2007. Tillyer’s work is held and has been shown in many museums and galleries both nationally and internationally, but his work is surprisingly little known in this country and in his home region.

mima is delighted to be showing paintings, watercolours, sculptures and drawings – work which is visually sumptuous and beautiful to look at, concerned with colour, texture and form. A highlight is Tillyer’s watercolours, many of which are rooted in the landscape of North Yorkshire, as well as those made on his extensive travels around the world.

The exhibition, which covers Tillyer’s 50 year career, also includes a huge digitally manipulated watercolour inspired by Teesside’s High Force waterfall, commissioned by mima.

Watch a short film of William Tillyer discussing the exhibition here.

Watch a video of William Tillyer,  discussing his work with writer and critic Mel Gooding, in his North Yorkshire studio here.

Press Articles:

  • Financial Times feature by Jackie Wullschlager: read this here.
  • Apollo Magazine blog review by Emma Crichton-Miller: read this here.
  • Aesthetica Magazine blog review by Hande Eagle: read this here.
  • Yorkshire Post feature by Michael Hickling: read this here.
  • Evening Gazette article: read this here.

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