Friedrich Petzel

Nikola Tyson

04 May - 16 Jun 2007

Stars And Waves
Oil and charcoal on canvas
80 x 60 inches
203.2 x 152.4 cm

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce the seventh solo exhibition of Nicola Tyson. On view will be a selection of sketchbook drawings from 2001 to the present.

Widely known for her paintings that lay bare psychological complexity and depth balanced between figuration and abstraction, Tyson considers her drawings a distinct practice that allows for the exploration of the imagination and unconscious through a kind of focused free-association. All of Tyson's work begins in her sketchbook, and while some of her drawings lend themselves to further development into paintings, others are complete, successfully capturing moments, states of mind and mood through her use of the sinous line.

Tyson's drawings have a gestural freedom and immediacy that open up simultaneously spatial and psychological dimensions. The figures which inhabit these works - human, animal and sometimes curious amalgamations - are at times grounded in a landscape or at other moments left to free-float on the page. There is an attendant and intimate care that imbues Tyson's drawings combined with a certain sense of play that reveals the artist's wry sense of humor. Whereas Tyson's paintings of reduced, abstracted figures are sometimes considered enigmatic, her drawings are striking for their clarity, spontaneity and intimacy.

Nicola Tyson lives and works in New York. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally, and she has received numerous solo exhibitions, including an exhibition of her drawings at the Kunsthalle Zurich. Her work is in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

This exhibition will open to the public at 535 West 22nd Street on Friday, May 4th with a reception from 6:00 - 8:00 PM and will remain on view through June 14th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. For further information, please contact 212 680 9467 or email

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