Classification:Drawing and Watercolour
Dimensions:19.1 x 19.1 cm
Credit:Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2017/18
Ownership history:Purchased from Sadie Coles HQ, London by the Contemporary Art Society, 9 November 2017; presented to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 2018
Tyson’s work will join a small but growing number of drawings by modern female artists in Swindon’s collection, which include Gwen John, Mary Kessell and Eileen Cooper. Their work, too, speaks to identity, connection and landscape, and all embrace the instinctive spontaneity made possible through the act of drawing. Nicola Tyson has strong links to the music and club culture of late 1970s and 1980s London. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery has been interested in collecting new work that not only captures the aesthetics and material possibilities of recent art, but which also responds to the shifting ideas about pop culture, gender and identity in the last few decades. These small drawings capture all these ideas, and many more. Through them, Tyson demonstrates the continuing and uniquely personal power of drawing as a means of expression.
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