- Media category
- Materials used
- wood, synthetic polymer paint
- 40.5 x 30.0 x 4.0 cm
- Signature & date
Signed and dated label c. verso, [inscribed on screen/plate] "TILSON/... /2002". Signed on label c. verso, pencil "Tilson".
- Gift of Douglas Kagi 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Joe Tilson/DACS. Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Joe Tilson was one of the leading figures of British pop art. His experimental wood reliefs of the 1960s are witty and quirky and drew on American popular culture. Not entirely a painting or a sculpture, these ‘object paintings’ made from everyday materials and incorporating text were ground-breaking at the time.
‘Look’ 2002, ‘Ziggurat’ 2002 and ‘Secret’ 2003 are based on large painted wood reliefs he exhibited in the British pavilion at the 32nd Venice Biennale in 1964. Twelve works varying in size, some as large as 2 square metres, were exhibited. A skilled carpenter and joiner, Tilson carved and constructed the reliefs by hand.
Other works by Joe Tilson
See all 71 works