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Ian Tyson (b. 1933), British book aritst, was born in Wallasey, Cheshire and educated at the Birkenhead School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, London. His first solo show was at Ashgate Gallery, Farnham in 1961, followed by first prize at the Welsh Arts Council, St. David's exhibition, in 1964. For the past four decades, Tyson has participated in over forty solo and group exhibitions in Europe and has taught drawing and printmaking at numerous schools in Britain and the U.S. Almost three dozen public institutions worldwide have collected Tyson's work.
His contributions to book arts include work in graphics, design, publishing, typography, and textuality. Through his own Tetrad Press (1970-1995) and collaborations with poets Jerome Rothenberg, Jackson Mac Low, and others, Tyson has probed the relationship between text and its visual presentation. Recent solo exhibitions of his work are commissioned sculpture and projects at Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, University of East Anglia and small sculptures for Eagle Gallery London, both in 2006. Tyson lives and works in Vaucluse, France.