Photo: Gill Tyson in Edinburgh, Scotland

Gill Tyson


My work is mainly in lithography. I work directly on the stone, without too much preliminary drawing, with one stone leading to the next, interacting and responding to each layer of colour, rather than having a rigid preset idea of the final image. As an experienced lithographer I can now enjoy employing a multitude of techniques in a medium which is fundamentally based on the antipathy of grease and water. Soap washes, maniere noire, acid biting, traditional tusche washes and crayon, can be exploited to achieve just what I want, sometimes combining them with screen printed layers and chine colle. I am interested in the influence of man on seemingly natural, often remote and harsh, environments. I have used landscapes as diverse as the Namib Desert, the Arctic and Orkney in my images. “Gill works with a dedication, modesty and great subtlety, creating wide open surfaces, translucent layered panoramas inspired by the natural elements, but often interrupted by a small but significant human presence. Be it a small house, a flapping poster, or a set of distant wind turbines, Tyson’s virtuoistic use of the lithographic medium manipulates our eye across the condensed surface, giving the viewer that prolonged sense of depth and satisfaction as from, almost, a hand painted surface. Indeed, it is, for me, this sense of her work developing as if a ‘painting in slow motion’, which gives this work its power. Like many before her, Tyson the artist prefers to explore the extreme landscape that takes her far from the domestic and academic minutiae of her city life. What I find intriguing is how these extreme sweeping landscapes and seascapes form a counterpoint to the domestic discipline of the lithographic process. Yet the very elements of geology and meteorology are echoed in the technical form of the process.” Kate Downie 2008 read full statement

Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Activities Residencies
Artforms / type of project Printmaking