"Picasso made this famous remark: ‘Art makes me do what it wants me to do’. I don’t think, ‘what am I doing next?’ it just comes, it just springs out of thought and feeling. Your hand moves and then these things appear." Joe Tilson
Cristea Roberts Gallery is delighted to announce a major exhibition of one of Britain’s most important living artists, Joe Tilson (b. 1928). As a lifelong dedicated and subversive printmaker, Joe Tilson: Breaking the Rules will focus on Tilson’s graphic oeuvre, revealing a continuum in the artist’s preoccupations, inspirations, philosophy, and methods.
Over 45 works dating from 1967 to 2022, including prints made in the 1960s by Tilson, then an exponent of British Pop Art, and new hand-coloured editions, inspired by cultural history, demonstrate how Tilson, now aged 94 years, continues to defy and challenge the rule book of printmaking.