"I love art that reframes the ordinary so that I see it with new eyes."
Agnes Tyson is a figurative painter. She makes paintings, mounted works on paper and framed drawings. She creates the illusion of space or flatness by organising relationships of colour, tone, line and shape. While her works are abstract compositions of shape and colour, her paintings and drawings are recognisable images that aim to spark the viewer's memory, experience and imagination.
Agnes Tyson, known to colleagues and friends as Aggie, studied at the New York Studio School and completed her Bachelor of Fine Art Honours Class I Degree and Masters of Fine Art Degree in Painting at the National Art School in Sydney, Australia. There she earned the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and Reg Richardson Travel Scholarship. After leaving art school she received an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant. She was a finalist for the William Fletcher Foundation Rome Residency in 2014 and 2016. She has been the recipient of residencies at the Cite Internationale des Arts (Paris) and Bundanon Trust (Australia). Her works are owned by Saint Vincents Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and private collectors.
As an artist, Agnes sees herself as a craftsperson. The human touch is evident in all stages of her work from making boards, building frames, stretching canvas to collaging and painting. She frequently uses collage in her work; she glues canvas onto board and then paints the board and glued canvas. In her white paintings, she glues painted white canvas on to board. The lines are created by the board beneath where the pieces of canvas meet. In her mounted works on paper, she first paints sheets of cotton paper and then cuts and glues the cut paper onto board. She uses various methods to see, to emphasise or contradict spacial expectations and to create a dynamic surface.