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Nicola Tyson

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London, England

Birth year

Lives in
New York

Works in
New York

Representing galleries


Nicola Tyson (b. 1960, London, England)


Nicola Tyson was born in 1960 in London, England. She attended Chelsea School of Art, St. Martins School of Art and Central/St. Martins School of Art in London. She currently lives and works in New York.


Primarily known as a painter, Tyson also works with photography, film, performance and the written word. Currently she is developing a body of sculptural work in addition to painting.


Tyson’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in major collections such as Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C; and Tate Modern, London.

 Nicola Tyson is represented by Petzel Gallery, New York and Sadie Coles HQ, London


Nicola Tyson Biography


1960 Born in London. Lives and works in New York (NY)

1979-80 Chelsea School of Art, London

1980-81 Central St Martin’s School of Art, London

1986-89 Central St Martin’s School of Art, London

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Sadie Coles HQ, London

2012 Bowie Nights at Billy's Club, London, 1978, White Columns, New York (NY)

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles (CA), USA

2011 Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (NY)

2009 Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (NY)

Sadie Coles HQ, London

2007 Marc Foxx, Los Angeles (CA), USA

Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (NY)

2006 Friedrich Petzel, New York (NY)

2005 Sadie Coles HQ, London

Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (cat.)

2003 Heads, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (NY)

Oeuvres Récentes, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

2002 Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (NY)

2001 Galeria Camargo Vilaca, São Paulo

2000 Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

1999 Sadie Coles HQ, London

Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (NY)

1998 Galerie Natalie Obadia, Paris

Kunsthalle, Zurich, Switzerland (cat.)

1997 Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (NY) (cat.)

1995 Anthony D’Offay Gallery, London

Entwistle Gallery, London

Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (NY)

1993 Trial Balloon, New York (NY)

Group Exhibitions

2013 Facture and Fidelity: Painting Between Abstraction and Figuration, 1945 – 2010, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio, USA

2012 I glove U, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond (VA), USA

2011 Looking Back / The 6th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York (NY)

Dark Christmas, Leo Koenig, New York (NY)

Readykeulous: The Hurtful Healer: The Correspondence Issue, Invisible-Exports, ew York (NY)

A Painting Show, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York (NY)

CLAP, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (NY), USA

Never Let Me Go, Rhona Hoffmann, Chigago (IL), USA

Kick in the Eye, Vox Populi, Philadelphia (PA), USA

2010 Monster, West Vancouver Museum, Vancouver, Canada

A Site, Teverina Fine Art, Cortona, Italy

Summer Exhibition, room curated by Fiona Rae, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Vivid, Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery, New York (NY)

Un-home-ly, Oakville Galleries, Toronto, Canada

2009 From the Sublime to the Ridiculous, Teverina Fine Art, Athens

Movement Schmoovement, La Mama La Galleria, New York (NY)

(des)Accords Communs, FRAC, Haute-Normandie, France

Works on Paper, Faggionato Fine Arts, London

2008 Kunst Im Heim. Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin

Second Thoughts, Hessel Museum of Art & CSS Galleries, New York (NY)

Out of Shape: Stylistic Distortions of the Human Form in Art from the Logan Collection. The Frances Lehnman Loeb Art Centre, Poughkeepsie. New York (NY)

2007 Gallery Artists Summer Show, Sadie Coles HQ, London

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen

Stuff: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (MI), USA

At Home, Yvon Lambert- New Yor (NY), USA

Shared Women, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles (CA), USA

2006 Drawn into the World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (IL), USA

Ridykeulous, participant Inc, New York (NY)

The Wonderful Fund- Collecting Art for the New Milleniu, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex, UK

Traits pour traits, Arthothéque de Caen, Caen, France

2005 Slices of Life, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York (NY)

Les Grands Spectacles- 120 Years of Art and Mass Culture, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Present Perfect, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (NY)

Art Now: Confronting Figures, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury (VT), USA

2004 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London (cat.)

Sexy Beasts 1963 – 2004, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York (NY)

Esprit, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

2002 Gallery Swap – Sadie Coles HQ, Sommer Contemporary, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Statements (six), Dornbracht, New York (NY)

2000 Hoxton HQ, Sadie Coles HQ at Hoxton House, London

Drawing on the Figure: Works on paper from the Manilow collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (IL), USA

Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York (NY)

Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

Blurry Lines, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan (WI), USA

Full Serve, curated by Kenny Schacter, Rove, New York (NY)

1999 New Work: Painting Today – Recent Acquisitions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (CA), USA

What Big Is, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington (MA), USA

Looking at Ourselves: Works by Women Artists from the Logan Collection, San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, San Fransisco (CA), USA

1998 Pop Surrealism, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield (CT), USA

Drawings IV, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles (CA), USA

Some Women/Pretty Girls, Florida Atlantic University, Ritter Art Gallery (FL), USA

Chaos, Control, Chaos, Control. You Like? You Like?, curated by Anne Lemieux, Elias Fine Art, Boston (MA), USA

Galeria Camargo Vilaca, São Paulo

Art of Four Decades: 1958 – 1998, San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, San Fransisco (CA), USA

1997 Recent Acquisitions, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY)

Project Painting, Basilico Fine Arts and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York (NY) (cat.)

Best of the Season, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield (CT), USA

Package Holiday: Works by British Artists in the Ophiuchus Collection, curated by Sadie Coles and Pauline Karpidas, Hydra Workshops, Greece (cat.)

New Work: Drawings Today, curated by Janet Bishop and Gary Garrels, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (CA), USA

Drawings…an annual bi-coastal invitational, Meyerson and Nowinski, Seattle (WA), USA

1996 Psycho-morphing, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York (NY)

1995 Works on paper: Paul Myoda and Nicola Tyson, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (NY)

Revealing Desire, Christinrose Gallery, New York (NY), USA

In a Different Light, curated by Nayland Blake and Lawrence Rinder, University Art Museum, Berkeley (CA), USA

1994 The Unsuccess Story, curated by Kenny Schachter, 479 Broome Street, New York (NY)

Petzel/Borgmann Gallery, New York (NY)

I Could Do That, curated by Kenny Schachter, 109 Greene Street, New York (NY)

Part FANTASY, University of British Columbia, Vancouver & The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

1993 The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Centre, New York (NY)

part FANTASY, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco (CA), USA

1992 part FANTASY, Trial Balloon, New York (NY)

1991 Queer, Minor Injury, New York (NY)

1990 Milch Gallery, London

1989 The Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1988 The Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Public Collections

Tate Gallery, London

San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco (CA), USA

Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis (MI), USA

Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (PA), USA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (IL), USA

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington (DC), USA

Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington (DC), USA

Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro (NC), USA

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington (DC), USA

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (NY)

UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (CA), USA

Recent Exhibits

Nicola Tyson participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2016 ON THE STUMP
Proto Gallery
Jun, 2016 Artistic Differences
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
Mar, 2016 Works on Paper
Petzel Gallery - 67th Street
Oct, 2015 Play
Tanya Leighton Gallery
Jun, 2015 Goodbye/Hello
Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Sep, 2014 The Nakeds
Drawing Room
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