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Gill Tyson

Gill Tyson
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Statement for Salt Stars Exhibition 2016

After years of making prints about remote places, when we moved to Morvern I finally found myself at the end of the road.

In our house between a river and the sea I was struck by the important role of the night skies: all those stars, and the brightness of a full moon on the water, almost as light as a west coast day. When the St Kildans moved here from Hirta they were given jobs with the newly formed Forestry Commission on land they had acquired from the Ardtornish Estate, and housed in former estate cottages. I wondered how these islanders from the wind scoured, tree devoid St Kilda adapted to this new life of in the woods. One constant would have been that same night sky.

Living in this new, remote location gave me a chance to create work more intimately linked with one place. I always, sooner or later, see the possibilities of whatever I’m doing as a lithographic technique, so, as I’d been experimenting with saltwater painting I began to experiment with using salt as a sort of resist for lithographic washes. Where the particles of salt fall they absorb the tusche wash to create random patterns of stars, and the saltwater brine makes a distinctive wash. In order to make the washes specific to this special place I evaporated salt from the seawater in our bay.
Gill Tyson studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University, receiving an MA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1979.

Recent exhibitions include the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh Printmakers, The Red Barn and Printroom. Group shows include Originals 09 and 10 and 7th British Print International (Highly Commended) in London: MOMA Wales; Wrexham Print International; BIMPE, Vancouver. In 2012 she was one of the artists representing Britain in The International Print Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan.

She has recently completed residencies in Ireland and Wales. In 2008 she received a Visual Arts Award from the Hope Scott Trust and in 2009 a Visual Arts Award from The City of Edinburgh and Scottish Arts Council. In 2014 she was Printmakers Of The Year at Printfest.

Public collections include; Aberdeen Art Gallery, Art in Healthcare, Ritchie Collection, University of Dundee, Fife Council, Readers Digest, Smithsonian Institution, Mobil Oil, Royal Bank of Scotland, Melon Financial Corporation and George Watson’s College.

Gill has served as Chairman of Edinburgh Printmakers from 1982-86 and as Vice-Chairman from 2000-09. She was a member the City of Edinburgh Visual Arts Awards Panel from 2010 – 2012.

Gill lives in Edinburgh and Morvern