28 April - 17 June 2023

Joe Tilson

Breaking the Rules
"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.

More information coming soon.

If you would like to receive a list of works by Joe Tilson please contact [email protected].

Top image: Joe Tilson; The Stones of Venice La Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista (detail), 2015

Save the date: Private View
6 - 8 pm, Thursday 27 April 2023
Confirm your attendance via [email protected] / 020 7439 1866


Making a Mark with Joe Tilson

A new episode of the Cristea Roberts Gallery podcast series Making a Mark explores the life and work of Joe Tilson. Recorded in Tilson's London studio on the eve of his 94th birthday, we hear the artist talking about his life and work and the continued centrality of printmaking to his practice.

Contributors include gallery founder and director Alan Cristea, who has worked with Tilson since 1969; interior designer, founder and creative director of Firmdale Hotels, Kit Kemp, who collects Tilson’s prints and art historian, writer and curator Marco Livingstone, who has authored a new biography about Tilson, launching in May 2023. Presented by writer and critic, Charlotte Mullins.

Making a Mark, is a podcast series by Cristea Roberts Gallery exploring the relationship between artists and printmaking.

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Image: Joe Tilson photographed in front of one of 24 double sided flags, created for The Flags, 2019. Copyright Swatch.


New Monograph

Joe Tilson: Breaking the Rules coincides with the release of Joe Tilson, a brand-new comprehensive monograph on the artist published by Lund Humphries.

The book will provide a definitive account of Tilson’s career, explored decade by decade, and is written by art historian, writer and curator Marco Livingstone.

Publication date: 1 May 2023

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