The Garden (After Robert Smythson, 1535–1614), 2013
Ink on Paper
Original size: 110 x 130 cm
Photographer: Annabel Tilley
Annabel Tilley lives in Hastings, UK and works from a studio in South London. Tilley has always used books in her practice. From classic to contemporary literature – Daniel Defoe, Proust, McEwan – to botany and the travels of a Victorian aristocrat; to old black and white architecture and art history manuals on 18th century Old Masters like: Hogarth, Stubbs & Gainsborough and most recently the Jacobean mansions of architect, Robert Smythson (1535–1614). Tilley uses visual quotes from these books to create new surreal versions of the Old Masters. The random and often abrupt nature of the objects drawn and quoted are both deadpan and humorous. Together Tilley's drawings, collages and paintings form a playful look at the history of Britishness.
Shortlisted for The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Annabel Tilley has exhibited widely including: Transition Gallery, WW Gallery, C4RD, Charlie Dutton’s Crash Open Salon, Oriel Davis, Towner Art Gallery and Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawing in Berlin. Tilley trained in Fine Art Painting at The University of Brighton and has an MA in literature. Her work is held in several private collections in the UK and USA. She has written for a-n Magazine, Garageland and Arty. Tilley founded the London-based arts organisation, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, with Rosalind Davis in 2012.