Visiting Artist Matthew Tyson

Join us for a talk with Oregon College of Art and Craft visiting artist Matthew Tyson, co-sponsored by Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Painting, books, prints and installations. How they inter-relate. From the sublime to the ridiculous. Massive to the tiny. Monumental to the minimal. Controlled to the accidental.

Matthew Tyson has made works that always have a connecting thread. He has created stained glass windows for a cathedral in St Claude in the Jura region of France. A major public art commission that was directly related to a bookwork seen by one of the curators at an artists' book fair some years before. He has made installations that connect directly to bookworks, often involving new pieces/pages and lines, as part of the overall concept. Paintings take on the form and structure of torn paper, whilst referring to real and imaginary landscapes.

It is evident that printmaking and structure are integral to book making but it is also essential to Tyson's other artworks, and thus becomes the link between all his practise. Technically paintings are related to inking. Structure of installations are those of paper, that then become the subject matter for other pieces and the whole process of creation becomes circular.

Tyson has worked for the French Ministry of Culture. He has been artist in residence at the Birmingham City Museums and Art Galleries in Britain and the Edward Albee Foundation in New York.

He is currently professor of the "livre d'artiste" at the University of St Etienne.

Tyson will also be teaching a one day workshop at OCAC, "Printmaking Without a Press" Saturday, February 12th from 10am - 4pm

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Portland, OR 97225