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Joe Tilson (1928-), Painter, sculptor and printmaker

Sitter in 8 portraits
London-born artist who trained as a carpenter before studying at St Martin's and the Royal College of Art with Auerbach, Blake and Kossoff among his contemporaries. In 1955 he was awarded the Rome Prize and since then has spent much of his time in Italy. Originally associated with the British Pop Art movement in the early 1960s, Tilson has achieved international acclaim over the last forty years for the originality of his paintings, constructions, reliefs, prints and multiples, whose sources are drawn from literature, philosophy, ethnography and alchemy.

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Joe Tilson

by Frank Auerbach
etching, 1980
NPG 5467


Joe Tilson

by Roger Mayne
bromide print on card mount, 1960
NPG x4066


Joe Tilson

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, March 1972
NPG x126261


Joe Tilson

by David Gwinnutt
bromide print on beige paper mount, 1988
NPG x31830


Joe Tilson

by Nicholas Sinclair
selenium-toned bromide print, 22 December 1992
NPG x77015


Joe Tilson

by Dennis Toff
archival inkjet print, 19 July 2007
NPG x131358


'The British Council 70 Years at the Venice Biennale'

by Julian Germain
archival inkjet print, 21 October 2009
NPG x132893


Royal Academicians In General Assembly

by Dennis Toff
C-type colour print, 28 May 2009
NPG x134136