Joe Tilson

The Stones of Venice

Mar 2 — Apr 2, 2016
London

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

Works

Tilson, the stones of venice i carmini, venessia, 2014, acrylic on canvas on wood relief, 23 1 2 x 35 3 8 in., 60 x 90 cm, 313188
The Stones of Venice I Carmini, Venessia, 2014, Acrylic and canvas on wood relief, 235/8 × 353/8 in., 60 × 90 cm
Tilson, pc from venice san sebastiano, 2014, acrylic on canvas on wood relief, 63 x 59 in., 160 x 150 cm, 313199
PC from Venice San Sebastiano, Venesia, 2014, acrylic on canvas on wood relief, 263/8 × 195/8 in., 67 × 50 cm
Joe tilson, the stones of venice, marlborough london  installation view 2
Installation View.
Tilson, the stones of venice san sebastiano diptych, 2015, acrylic on canvas on wood panels, 16 7 8 x 23 in., 43 x 58.5 cm, 313221
The Stones of Venice San Sebastiano Diptych, 2015, mixed media on canvas on wood panels, 43 × 581/2 in., 109.2 × 148.6 cm
Joe tilson, the stones of venice, marlborough london  installation view 4
Installation View.
Tilson fl the stones of venice venecia giustizia  20151
The Stones of Venice: Venecia Giustizia, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 557/8 × 701/8 in., 142 × 178 cm
Tilson, the stones of venice dogana da mar, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 in., 183 x 122 cm, 313215
The Stones of Venice: Dogana da Mar, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 72 × 48 in., 183 × 122 cm