Statement: Annabel Tilley works with art history to create drawings, collages and time-based sketchbooks to depict bizarre and complex worlds. Symbols, patterns and natural history motifs merge into one another to form unusual rooms or peculiar, fantastical gardens.  Tilley often works from old black and white museum guides and art history manuals  Thus the ubiquitous museum-guide and art-history manual become the transformative objects d'art themselves and form a new, playful and contemporary look at the history of art, design and artifacts.


Window Latch, Gustave Flaubert, 2017. Ink and gouache on paper, 22x14cm 

Biog: Annabel Tilley is an artist and writer. In 2016 she published What they didn't teach you in art school co-written with Rosalind Davis and published by ILEX Press and Octopus Books. Her practice is drawing-based and stems from literature, art history and museum collections. Tilley has exhibited widely including: Transition Gallery, WW Gallery, C4RD, 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.

Annabel Tilley trained in Fine Art (Painting) at The University of Brighton. She has an MA in literature and lives in Hastings. Her work is held in several private collections in the UK and USA. She has lectured on professional practice for artists at universities and arts organisations round the country, and teaches sketchbook and collage workshops at West Dean College. She has written for a-n Magazine, Garageland and Arty.

Annabel Tilley co-founded and ran the London-based arts organisation, Zeitgeist Arts 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).


 Window Latch, Gustav Flaubert, 2017. Ink and gouache on paper, 22x14cm (Green)