William Tillyer: The Mulgrave Tensile Wire Works and The Mulgrave Wire Scrolls




In the Mulgrave Tensile Wire Works, William Tillyer (b. Middlesbrough, 1938) has produced probably the most radical paintings of his career. Stainless steel wires strung across a metal frame and held in tension by turnbuckles support geometrically shaped areas of metal mesh, woven through with paint reflecting the colours of the North Yorkshire landscape, in which the artist has lived for most of his life. While evoking the landscape, the arrangements of the mesh shapes owe much to the Suprematists and Constructivists of the early 20th Century, El Lissitzky and Malevich, Rodchenko and Gabo and even to Kandinsky.

In the Mulgrave Wire Scrolls a single rectangle of mesh is mounted horizontally on a backboard painted in muted tones and in a ratio derived from that of Chinese scroll paintings. The mesh is again woven through with paint but in this series the panoramic, horizontal nature of the work make the reading of the landscape image more explicit. In some paintings clumps of trees, clouds and buildings appear.

For Tillyer each new group of paintings is an adventure into new ways of painting, all the while staying true to his foundation philosophic idea that everything is one thing, everything is connected. His use of the grid structure in all its many forms from the crosshatched etchings in the early ‘70s through to the recent works with metal mesh has stood for the idea of a network of interconnectivity. Tillyer has had a longtime belief in the Gaia hypothesis developed in the 1970s by James Lovelock, which views the planet as an interconnected, self-regulating system of forces.

Duration 16 September 2021 - 30 October 2021
Times Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
Cost Free
Venue Bernard Jacobson Gallery
Address 28 Duke Street St. James's, London, SW1Y 6AG
Contact 0207 734 3431 / mail@jacobsongallery.com / www.jacobsongallery.com

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