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When I begin to draw, I have no idea what's going to
appear. I work swiftly, to stay just ahead of the cage
of language, the linear mind and rational decision-making.
I just let the forms grow themselves—self-organize...

–Nicola Tyson

Nicola Tyson, Rain Smock

Nicola Tyson

Rain Smock

2020

Graphite on paper

8.25 x 5.87 inches

21 x 14.9 cm

$2,500

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Nicola Tyson, Mussel Up

Nicola Tyson

Mussel Up

2020

Graphite on paper

8.37 x 6.5 inches

21.3 x 16.5 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Clunky Butterflies

Nicola Tyson

Clunky Butterflies

2020

Graphite on paper

7.5 x 7.62 inches

19.1 x 19.4 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Today's Dance Move

Nicola Tyson

Today's Dance Move

2020

Graphite on paper

7 x 9.18 inches

17.8 x 23.3 cm

$2,500

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Nicola Tyson, Snog #2

Nicola Tyson

Snog #2

2020

Graphite on paper

6.75 x 6.87 inches

17.1 x 17.4 cm

$2,500

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Nicola Tyson, Seeing It

Nicola Tyson

Seeing It

2020

Graphite on paper

9.25 x 7 inches

23.5 x 17.8 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Feeling Not Touching

Nicola Tyson

Feeling Not Touching

2020

Graphite on paper

9.25 x 7 inches

23.5 x 17.8 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Somewhere at the Bottom of the Garden, Somewhere

Nicola Tyson

Somewhere at the Bottom of the Garden, Somewhere

2020

Graphite on paper

5.25 x 8.5 inches

13.3 x 21.6 cm

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Nicola Tyson, The Idiotic Garden of the Afternoon Drink

Nicola Tyson

The Idiotic Garden of the Afternoon Drink

2020

Graphite on paper

7 x 9.25 inches

17.8 x 23.5 cm

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Nicola Tyson, A Head

Nicola Tyson

A Head

2020

Graphite on paper

9.37 x 7 inches

23.8 x 17.8 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Buds

Nicola Tyson

Buds

2020

Graphite on paper

9.37 x 7 inches

23.8 x 17.8 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Creature with a Frottaged Hind Leg

Nicola Tyson

Creature with a Frottaged Hind Leg

2020

Graphite on paper

6 x 9.43 inches

15.2 x 24 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Eye Holes

Nicola Tyson

Eye Holes

2020

Graphite on paper

9.37 x 7 inches

23.8 x 17.8 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Garden Entreaty

Nicola Tyson

Garden Entreaty

2020

Graphite on paper

6 x 9.87 inches

15.2 x 25.1 cm

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Nicola Tyson, In the Balance

Nicola Tyson

In the Balance

2020

Graphite on paper

7 x 9.18 inches

17.8 x 23.3 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Mutual Attraction

Nicola Tyson

Mutual Attraction

2020

Graphite on paper

9.38 x 7 inches

23.8 x 17.8 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Necker

Nicola Tyson

Necker

2020

Graphite on paper

9.37 x 8 inches

23.8 x 20.3 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Saturday Afternoon Fever

Nicola Tyson

Saturday Afternoon Fever

2020

Graphite on paper

9.38 x 8 inches

23.8 x 20.3 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Tandem Butterfly

Nicola Tyson

Tandem Butterfly

2020

Graphite on paper

7.5 x 7.38 inches

19.1 x 18.7 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Totem

Nicola Tyson

Totem

2020

Graphite on paper

7 x 9.38 inches

17.8 x 23.8 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Touching the Dog Nevertheless

Nicola Tyson

Touching the Dog Nevertheless

2020

Graphite on paper

7 x 9.25 inches

17.8 x 23.5 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Under the Bower

Nicola Tyson

Under the Bower

2020

Graphite on paper

8 x 6.5 inches

20.3 x 16.5 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Upward Dog

Nicola Tyson

Upward Dog

2020

Graphite on paper

7 x 9.38 inches

17.8 x 23.8 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Visitors

Nicola Tyson

Visitors

2020

Graphite on paper

9.37 x 7 inches

23.8 x 17.8 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Wee Rider

Nicola Tyson

Wee Rider

2020

Graphite on paper

5.75 x 8.25 inches

14.6 x 21 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Annoying Ponytail

Nicola Tyson

Annoying Ponytail

2020

Graphite on paper

7 x 9.18 inches

17.8 x 23.3 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Backwards Rider

Nicola Tyson

Backwards Rider

2020

Graphite on paper

7.62 x 5.18 inches

19.4 x 13.2 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Gloom Bloom

Nicola Tyson

Gloom Bloom

2020

Graphite on paper

6.81 x 6.81 inches

17.3 x 17.3 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Double Bird

Nicola Tyson

Double Bird

2020

Graphite on paper

7 x 9.25 inches

17.8 x 23.5 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Eggless

Nicola Tyson

Eggless

2020

Graphite on paper

5.75 x 8.25 inches

14.6 x 21 cm

$2,500

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Nicola Tyson, Field Flowers

Nicola Tyson

Field Flowers

2020

Graphite on paper

6.12 x 6.87 inches

15.5 x 17.4 cm

$2,500

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Nicola Tyson, Tiny Handbag

Nicola Tyson

Tiny Handbag

2020

Graphite on paper

5.25 x 8.12 inches

13.3 x 20.6 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Taking the Measure of It

Nicola Tyson

Taking the Measure of It

2020

Graphite on paper

5.25 x 7.25 inches

13.3 x 18.4 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Too Fish

Nicola Tyson

Too Fish

2020

Graphite on paper

6.87 x 6.75 inches

17.4 x 17.1 cm

$2,500

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Nicola Tyson, Fear Not Loathing

Nicola Tyson

Fear Not Loathing

2020

Graphite on paper

7 x 9.25 inches

17.8 x 23.5 cm

$2,500

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Nicola Tyson, Pondering the Next Move

Nicola Tyson

Pondering the Next Move

2020

Graphite on paper

5.87 x 8.25 inches

14.9 x 21 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Discombobulate #2

Nicola Tyson

Discombobulate #2

2020

Graphite on paper

6.9 x 6.9 inches

17.5 x 17.5 cm

$2,500

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Nicola Tyson, Discombobulate #1

Nicola Tyson

Discombobulate #1

2020

Graphite on paper

6.75 x 6.9 inches

17.1 x 17.5 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Discombobulate #3

Nicola Tyson

Discombobulate #3

2020

Graphite on paper

6.75 x 6.9 inches

17.1 x 17.5 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Snog

Nicola Tyson

Snog

2020

Graphite on paper

6.75 x 6.94 inches

17.1 x 17.6 cm

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Nicola Tyson, Push Pull

Nicola Tyson

Push Pull

2020

Graphite on paper

6.5 x 8.12 inches

16.5 x 20.6 cm

$2,500

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Nicola Tyson, Garden Embrace

Nicola Tyson

Garden Embrace

2020

Graphite on paper

8 x 10.62 inches

20.3 x 27 cm

$3,500

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Recent Work

Nicola Tyson's paintings and drawings for which she is internationally known, involving figures, animals, and plants, often share an uncanny precision of line or detail that seem to anchor what would otherwise seem like a momentarily described, freely associative, expression of a person or form. A fine, wayward tension in her work is held in balance, through observation, emotion and subjectivity, compressed into deceptively simple lines and flat, rich, bright colors.

Text by Sascha Behrendt

Nicola Tyson, Sketch Book Page #64

Nicola Tyson

Sketch Book Page #64

2004

Graphite on paper

8 x 10.68 inches

20.3 x 27.1 cm

$3,500

Nicola Tyson, Sketch Book Page #65

Nicola Tyson

Sketch Book Page #65

2007

Graphite on paper

10.68 x 8 inches

27.1 x 20.3 cm

$3,500

Nicola Tyson, Sketch Book Page #63

Nicola Tyson

Sketch Book Page #63

2004

Graphite on paper

10.68 x 8 inches

27.1 x 20.3 cm

$3,500

Nicola Tyson, Red Rider

Nicola Tyson

Red Rider

2003

Graphite on paper

10 x 8 inches

25.4 x 20.3 cm

$3,500

Nicola Tyson, Sketch Book Page #67

Nicola Tyson

Sketch Book Page #67

2003

Graphite on paper

10.68 x 8 inches

27.1 x 20.3 cm

$3,500

Nicola Tyson, Sketch Book Page #62

Nicola Tyson

Sketch Book Page #62

2003

Graphite on paper

10.68 x 8 inches

27.1 x 20.3 cm

$3,500

Nicola Tyson, Sketch Book Page #66

Nicola Tyson

Sketch Book Page #66

2002

Graphite on paper

10.68 x 8 inches

$3,500

Nicola Tyson, Sketch Book Page #60

Nicola Tyson

Sketch Book Page #60

2002

Graphite on paper

10.68 x 8 inches

27.1 x 20.3 cm

$3,500

Nicola Tyson, One

Nicola Tyson

One

1996

Graphite on paper

8.25 x 5.25 inches

21 x 13.3 cm

$2,500

About Tyson

Nicola Tyson is a British-born artist based in the United States. She is represented by Petzel gallery in New York and Sadie Coles HQ in London. Her work is held in the collections of major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Tate Modern, London, amongst others.

Nicola Tyson’s Angsty Pencil Drawings Perfectly Capture Our Uncertain Times

Read More on Elephant

Elephant: You have previously said that your works explore “psycho-figuration”. Do you express your own psychology in these pieces, or are you tapping into a more universal feeling?

Tyson: It’s not a direct expression of my own psychology. When I stopped working so much with theory, I wanted to tap into something beyond language. Rather than being directly expressive, I use it as a source to make interesting forms. I’m too British, or skeptical, to be completely expressive! Humour is very important and I always try to use it temper any pretension that might come up. Humour delivers unfamiliar stuff in a friendly way, and it also goes past language, past that part of your brain to somewhere deeper. I don’t want to put that deep psychological stuff into words; I want to just drag it up, straight out, and make an image that creates some cognitive dissonance.

Elephant: Is your process quite instinctive then?

Tyson: My drawing is totally intuitive. When I start, I really don’t know what’s going to come up. It’s like putting a pencil on one part of your insides, and then just drawing it out, like a map, and not knowing what is going to unfurl in front of you. That is the excitement for me: not knowing where it is going. My painting is much more deliberate, because of the nature of it; it’s much slower.

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