Nicola Tyson (b. 1960, London, England) attended Chelsea School of Art, St. Martins School of Art and Central/St. Martins School of Art in London and currently lives and works in upstate New York.
Primarily known as a painter, Tyson has also worked with photography, film, performance and the written word. Most recently, she was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri. Nicola Tyson forms her figurative paintings through felt experiences that blur representation and abstraction, foreground and background, landscape and figure. Her subjects are animated through precise paint stokes that pulsate within and curve around the figure creating movement in passive moments. In her portrait The Thinker, the silent act of thinking percolates throughout the painting. In Self-Portrait: Doll, the artist reflects on her own inanimate presence swept up and buoyed into action by the atmosphere that surrounds her.
Tyson’s work is included in major collections such as Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and Tate Modern, London. She is represented by Petzel Gallery in New York and Sadie Coles HQ in London.