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William Tillyer
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1938 Born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.
1956-59 Studied painting at Middlesbrough college of Art.
1958 First visit to Paris for the opening of the Unesco Building and the Inaugural exhibition.
1960-62 Studied painting under William Coldstream and etching under Anthony Gross at the Slade School, London.
1962 Made first woodcut prints in Edinburgh.
Awarded French Government Scholarship to study gravure Under William Hayter at Atelier 17,Paris.
1963 Returned to London and married Judith Jackson.
Started part-time work at Chelsea School of Art, London (until 1970).
Taught etching at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham (until 1972).
1966 Moved to Parsons Green studio. Built an etching press and made first series of coloured prints and constructed paintings.
1967 Daughter Kim Tillyer born.
1968 Son York Tillyer born.
1970-73 Worked in the foundation department of Watford School of Art.
1973 Stopped regular art schoolteaching.
1974 First visit to New York for the opening of his first one-man exhibition there. Also visited Los Angeles.
Started work on illustrations for ‘A Rebours’ by JK Huysman.
Moved to London Bridge Studio. Spent the summer in Verona working on his first ‘Hotel Room’ watercolours.
1975 Travelled to Utrecht for his first Dutch exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
1975-76 Moved to Providence Rhode Island, USA as visiting professor at Brown University.

1977 Spent time working in Sweden prior to his Gothenburg exhibition.
1978 Moved to Wiltshire and started to work on the first mesh paintings.
1980 Returned to live and work in North Yorkshire.
1981-82 Appointed artist-in-residence at Melbourne University, Australia.
Travelled to the Simpson Desert. Painted the Open Mesh canvases.
Travelled through France, Switzerland and Italy, ‘The First Grand Tour’ working in watercolours.
1984 Travelled extensively throughout South Western America making watercolours. Worked on the Bridge Mesh paintings and the Esk Bridge series of etchings.
1987 Moved to Westwood Studios in North Yorkshire.
1989 Showed the first Westwood Paintings. Began to work on ceramic project at Fulham Pottery.
1990 Invited by Mixographia to work in Los Angeles on large scale relief prints. Travelled through California and Arizona
1992 Trip to Ireland to make watercolours of the Lake Isle of Innisfree.
1993 Visited Pennsylvania to make a series of watercolours based on the Frank Lloyd Wright house “Falling Water”. Also visited Cooperstown, Lake Otsego and the James Fenimore Cooper collection of Native American artifacts.
1994 Travelled in Italy visiting Florence, Ravenna and Mantua.
Worked on the “Blackhaven Variations.”
1995-96 Worked on the “Fluxion Paintings.”
1997 Spent six months living and working in Paris.
1998 Short-listed for the Jerwood Prize.
1999 Paris Paintings exhibited at Bernard Jacobson Gallery. London.
2000 William Tillyer by Norbert Lynton, published Autumn 2000 by 21 Publishing.


William Tillyer is exclusively represented by Bernard Jacobson Gallery











One-man Exhibitions


1962 Middlesbrough Art Gallery.
1970 Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol.
1971 Serpentine Gallery, London.
1972 Grafiska Sallskapet, Stockholm.
1973 Galerie Multitude, Paris.
1974 Studio La Citta’, Verona.
Galerie Jacomo-Santiveri, Paris.
1974 Atmosphere Gallery, London.
1975 Galerie Jacques Bosser, Paris.
Gallery Ariadne, New York.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Utrecht.
Neue Galerie Museum, Linz.
Gallery 39, Manchester
ICA Galleries, London.
1975 Sunderland Arts Centre.
1976 Galerie Ahlner, Stockholm.
Asard and Asard, Johanneshov, Sweden.
1977 Kornblee Gallery, New York.
1978 Hobson Gallery, Cambridge.
Nuffield Gallery, Southampton University.
Ian Birkstead Gallery, London.
Stadia Graphics, Sydney.
Gallery Malmgran, Gothenburg.
1978 Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.
1980 Nicola Jacobs Gallery. London.
Curwen Gallery, London.
1981 Oriel Gallery, Cardiff.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Los Angeles.
1982 Melbourne University Gallery, Australia.
Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney.
Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney.
1983 Bernard Jacobson Galleries, London, New York and Los Angeles.
1985 Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago.
1987 Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Louise Hallett Gallery, London.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.
Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles.
1989 Smith Anderson Gallery, California.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.
1990 Images Gallery, Ohio, USA
1991 Cleveland Bridge Gallery, Bath.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.
Wildenstein & Co. Ltd, London.
Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
1992 Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.
Adelson Galleries, New York
Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles.
1993 Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.
Adelson Galleries, New York
1994 Royal West on England Academy.
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.
Wildenstein & Co. Ltd, London.
1995 Belloc Lowndes Fine Art Inc, Chicago.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.
Harewood Visual Arts, Leeds.
1996 Cleveland Gallery, Middlesbrough.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.
1997 Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia.
1999 Charleston Gallery, Sussex
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.



















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