William Tillyer, ‘Interior at Fontenay aux Roses with Large Tortoise 'He derived, too, a peculiar pleasure in being in a richly illuminated room, the only person up and about amid shadow-haunted, sleeping houses. [...] Slowly, one by one, he went through the various shades of colour.'’, 1974/2018, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

"He derived a peculiar pleasure from being in a well lighted room when all the surrounding houses were wrapped in sleep and darkness. Slowly one by one he went through the various colours."
Paper size: 66 x 50.7 cms (26 x 20 ins)
Image size: 45.4 x 35.4 cms (17 7/8 x 14 ins)

Series: Huysmans Portfolio

Signature: Signed in pencil lower right, numbered lower left. Studio stamp lower right margin.

Publisher: Bernard Jacobson Gallery

About William Tillyer

William Tillyer’s approach to painting is constantly evolving. His work redefines and reinterprets classic subject matter, like landscapes, still lifes, and portraits, in methods that challenge historical traditions and vary between bodies of work. During a time in which Tillyer believes art is too often a projection of the artist, he attempts to initiate instead a dialogue between elements of paint, surface, and subject. His “Helmsley Sky Studies”, for example, are based a cloud series by 19th-century Romantic painter John Constable. Unlike the originals, which Constable controlled solely by oil paint and precise brushwork, Tillyer incorporates grids of metal lattice; as the paint conforms to the wire mesh, the focus is shared by subject and materials, thus separating it from the confines of the traditional landscape.

British, b. 1938, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom