Joe TILSON (b. 1928)

British pop artist Joe Tilson started out working as a carpenter and joiner before carrying out his National Service in the Royal Air Force. His later enrolment at Central Saint Martins (1949-1952) and the Royal College of Art (1952-55) illustrates the impact of his early career on his work from the period, consisting as it does of formal wood reliefs and abstract sculptural works.

 

Famed for producing brightly coloured poster-like Pop works Tilson's first solo show at Marlborough Gallery, London, in 1962 cemented his status as a young, successful British artist, with his international status cemented by his inclusion in the XXXII Venice Biennale, 1964.

 

His work from the 1960s embraced mass consumerism, technology, and media, and is represented in major international collections including the British Council Art Collection, the collection of the National Gallery of Scotland, and the Tate collection.