Marlborough is pleased to present The Stones of Venice, an exhibition of new works by Joe Tilson. The artist’s first major exhibition took place at Marlborough in 1962, and this is his seventh solo show with the gallery.
Originally associated with British Pop Art in the early 1960s, Tilson soon became disillusioned with consumer technology, instigating a departure in his artistic direction. He employs bold colours, schematised imagery and a compartmentalised format to create paintings, constructions and reliefs, working with a variety of materials such as wood, ceramic and stone. This exhibition borrows its title from John Ruskin's three-volume examination of Venetian art and architecture.
Tilson first visited Italy in 1949, and has drawn a lifetime of inspiration from the country, dividing his time between London, Tuscany and Venice. He married in Venice in 1956, represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1964 and has had a house in Dorsoduro since 2002