Annabel Tilley is an artist and writer, and has exhibited widely including: Transition Gallery, APT, Standpoint Gallery, Usher Gallery, Nottingham Castle Museum, Oriel Davis, Towner Art Gallery, Hastings Museum, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, RCA Secret and Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawing in Berlin. She has undertaken several residencies and commissions, and has been shortlisted for this year's John Moore's Painting Prize 2020.

Annabel Tilley trained in Fine Art (Painting) at The University of Brighton. She has an MA in literature and lives in Hastings. She conducts regular art workshops and teaches classes on experimental drawing, collage and sketchbooking at West Dean Collage and East Sussex College among others. She has lectured on professional practice for artists at universities and arts orgs around the country.

Annabel Tilley co-founded and ran the London-based arts organisation, Zeitgeist Projects, with Rosalind Davis from 2012-2015 to provide opportunities for artists including their popular talk: The A-Z of Surviving as an Artist, and the annual open exhibition: The Zeitgeist Open (2012-2015). She has co-curated a number of exhibitions including: No-one Lives in the Real World, Standpoint Gallery (2015), The Distance Between (2014), Discernible (2013) and Collectible (2012).

She is co-author of What they didn’t teach you in art school (ILEX/Octopus Books, 2016) which is available from Amazon and all major art galleries: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The Royal Academy etc. 

Photo by Brian Bailey

Artist Statement

Annabel Tilley makes work that brings together a huge love for art history, museum collections, the natural world and architecture. 

Tilley’s early background in the theatre, and a father who worked in films and encouraged her photographic view of the world, is much in evidence in her paintings and drawings that often present objects as flat, static, graphic and colourful presences. 

Not afraid of the decorative, Tilley’s work relies on an instinctive feel for repetition, shape, colour and pattern that she finds during her research trips to European museums and art galleries. And through the intense drawing, collage and painting process that follows, the objects become distilled into their simplest form, and it is the creation of this motif that is at the heart of all Annabel Tilley's work, and the exploration of repetition and pattern in the natural and urban environment.

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