Michael Tyzack (1933-2007)

Michael Tyzack was born in Sheffield in August 1933. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London where he gained his D.F.A. in painting, drawing and printmaking in 1955. In 1956 Tyzack won a French Government Scholarship that allowed him to travel to Paris and Menton, where his work began to show a tendency towards abstraction and the influence of Cezanne.

Also a talented musician, Tyzack returned to England in 1957 to pursue a career as a Jazz trumpeter, continuing to paint in his spare time.

In 1965 he won first prize in the prestigious John Moores' Liverpool Exhibition and continued to exhibit at prominent galleries and museums in England and America during the 1960s and 1970s.

Tyzack moved to Iowa to fill a teaching post in 1971 - originally planning to stay only one year. However, he and his family decided to remain in America after he was offered the post of Professor of Fine Arts at the College of Charleston, where he lived until his death in 2007.

Although his emigration to the United States drew Michael Tyzack away from England at a key point in his artistic career, his role as a leading figure in the development of British Abstraction during the '60s and '70s is evident from his exhibition record. His work is represented in a large number of public collections worldwide as a result.

Exhibitions

1964

'Works by Kenneth Robinson, Jean Spencer, Michael Tyzack', Artists International Association, London
'Exhibition Formal Visual Dialogue': Hughes, Kidner and Tyzack', University College Art Gallery, Aberystwyth
'Exhibition: 'Painting Towards the Environment: Malcolm Hughes, Tess Jaray, Michael Kidner, Michael Tyzack', Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford

1965
'Post Formal Painting' : works by Hughes, Kidner, Tyzack', John Moores' Liverpool Exhbition, 1st Prize
'Five Creative Statements: Tom Hudson, Terry Setch, Norman Toynton, Michael Tyzack , Laurence Burt', Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

'Kinetic Art', Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, subsequently Southampton, Belfast, Dublin

'Six Sheffield Artists: Fullard, Greaves, Hoyland, Martin, Smith, Tyzack', Mappin Art Gallery

Solo Exhibition: 'Exhibition of recent paintings', Axiom Gallery, London

Solo Exhibition at Manchester City Gallery
Formal Painting' : Hughes, Kidner, Tyzack', Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham
'Four British Painters from the Axiom Gallery: Kidner, Tyzack, Walker, Tippet' Betty Parsons Gallery, New York

Mutation Phenomena': Works by Carlos Cruz Diez, Bridget Riley, Marcello Salvadori, Peter Sedgley, Michael Tyzack' Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham

Solo exhibition at the Axiom Gallery

Solo Exhibition at the Richard Demarco Gallery

Solo Exhibition at the Axiom Gallery
'Sculpture by John Hoskin, Paintings by Michael Tyzack', Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

1971
'Documenta Variations: Exhibition Paintings', Park Square Gallery, Leeds

1973
Solo Exhbition, Corcoron Gallery

'Retrospective Exhibition of work by Michael Tyzack', Frances Aronson Gallery, Atlanta

2001
Solo Exhibition: 'Appropriate to the Moment' at the Halsey Gallery, College of Charleston

Piccolo Spoleto Exhibition; 'Larger than Life: A Second Story Show2003
'British Abstract Painting and Sculpture from 1960-1970', Tate Liverpool

Public Collections

Tate Britain, London
National Gallery of Wales, Cardiff
Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
Arts Commission, South Carolina, Columbia, USA
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Arts Council of Great Britain
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Bolton city art Gallery
Contemporary Arts Society, London
Contemporary Arts Society, Wales
Derbyshire Education Committee
Glyn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
New Library, Thornaby on Tees
Peau de Lion, Zurich
Radion Corporation of America
Sao Paulo Museum, Brazil
University College, London
University of Stirling
Whiteworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Rugby Art Gallery
Leicestershire Education Committee
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
Manchester City Art Gallery
Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
City Art Gallery, Bradford
Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal