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Nature Painting

© courtesy of the artist Keith Tyson. Photo credit: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

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This painting is part of a major series of work, titled 'Nature Paintings', produced by the artist since 2006. In this painting Tyson explores how making art can communicate the complex nature of the world. This painting has associations with cosmology, atomic physics, meteorology and topography but defies any single interpretation or categorisation. The painting makes visual allusions to the natural world – including geological strata and cosmology – achieved by chance rather than skill. Previously artists were valued for their skilled representation of the physical world but in this work Tyson has replaced skill with chance. The forms and colours are determined, not by the artist's hand, but by reactions between specially mixed paints and chemicals poured at different angles and temperatures onto an aluminium plate.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery



Nature Painting




industrial paint on aluminium


H 198 x W 198.8 cm

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purchased from the artist with the assistance of the Art Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends of Tullie House, Arts Council England North West and Northern Rock Foundation, 2009

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