Henry Tyrrell lives and works in London. He makes abstract paintings that explore a connection between painting and landscape, based on a process of automatic drawing from memory. Through this drawing process the artist play with the surface, translucency and edges of shapes, experimenting with the way that small decisions can have a large impact upon the attitude of the work as whole. Simple, ambiguous forms repeat and mutate, manifesting themselves in different guises across the body of work.
The paintings draw on a variety of techniques that make reference to the history of abstraction and Minimalism. Whether it is the thin translucent effects of diluted oil paint or the soft, dissolving effects produced using gesso, his work aims to investigate the material and formal possibilities of contemporary painting.
Tyrrell received an MA in Painting from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2018 and a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in 2012. He exhibited in exhibitions both inside and outside London. This has included 2 exhibitions he co-curated: Rubber-chew/Clink, adieu at the Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, London, 2018 and The Politics of Too Many Rubbish Dinner Parties at the Charlton Gallery, London, 2017. Tyrrell also showed his work at the Nahim Isaias Museum in Ecuador in 2017 and had a solo exhibition called Purkinje Flying at GlaxoSmithKline in Brentford, 2014. In 2019 he participated in the Radical Residency program at the Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, London and in 2017 in the Fine Art Collective Griffin Gallery Residency at Col Art in London. Whilst studying at the Slade he won the Graduate Almacantar Award, 2018 and the Artists’ Collecting Society Award, 2017. More recently Tyrrell was finalist at the Dentons Art Prize.