Keith Tyson

Ulverston, United Kingdom. 1969


Continually challenging what constitutes reality, conceptual artist Keith Tyson (1969) pursues questions of chance, causality, and interconnectedness using a wide array of media and materials.

Tyson is curious about systems, both artificial or natural; how they work and what they can create. Although some of his works are based on systems of logic and scientific methodology, science has its limits, so chance is incorporated to interrupt the predictable and improve the accident, the surprise. In his series of nature paintings, he pours paint on aluminum, letting natural processes do the rest of the work because, as Tyson humbly states, “nature is better painting than me.”

He is captivated by the place where science and poetry are mixed, where works are treated as data but wrapped in mystery.

In 2002, he was the winner of the Turner Prize. His works have been exhibited in institutions as The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Tate Britain or Mori Art Museum.