Statement: Annabel Tilley works with art history, architecture, literature and museum collections to create drawings, paintings, collages and time-based sketchbooks. Her work depicts bizarre motifs often derived from everyday objects found in museums (i.e. an ornate window latch found in the French author, Gustave Flaubert's bedroom, at the Flaubert Museum in Rouen - see below). These complex motifs sometimes merge into one another to form unusual or peculiar spaces and 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.


Title: Window Latch, Gustav Flaubert, 2017. Ink and gouache on paper in handmade sketchbook, 22x14cm (Green)

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 stems from art history, architecture, literature and museum collections. Tilley has exhibited widely including: Transition Gallery, Tate Liverpool, WW Gallery, C4RD, APT, Standpoint Gallery, Usher Gallery in Lincoln, 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. 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 experimental drawing, collage and sketchbook workshops at West Dean College, and East Sussex 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).