Joe Tilson

1928 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Joe Tilson is seen as an established artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Joe Tilson was born in 1928. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield, Norman Ackroyd, Gillian Ayres and David Hockney.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Joe Tilson is represented by two galleries. These are Cristea Roberts Gallery in London, the United Kingdom and DIE GALERIE in Frankfurt, Germany. Joe Tilson's work has most recently been exhibited at Cristea Roberts Gallery in London (01 September 2018 until 22 September 2018) with the exhibition Joe Tilson at 90. Joe Tilson's work has also been exhibited during the 40 Jahre DIE GALERIE ∙ 40 Years of DIE GALERIE exhibition at DIE GALERIE in Frankfurt, Germany (27 March 2019 - 31 May 2019).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the wealth and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural authority of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant degree outshined by their respective impact on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led organisation of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, essentially characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists known for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Joe Tilson

Joe Tilson was born in 1928 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1930s. on a global scale this period can be best characterised by the conflict between the world’s predominant political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government needed urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret proposal to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty rare paintings by the Old Masters, many of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Joe Tilson

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