Corrigan Gallery to exhibit work of abstract painter and Charleston educator Michael Tyzack this April

Proceeds to benefit Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art


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From April 2-April 30, Corrigan Gallery (7 Broad St.) will be exhibiting the work of the late Michael Tyzack, a former educator at the College of Charleston, jazz musician, and painter. The showing is titled Encore: Works 1956-2007.

The exhibit will open April 2 to the public, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 5. A concurrent showing of Tyzack's work will be at Artizom (1834 Summerville Ave.), and all proceeds from sales will be donated to the Michael Tyzack Prize Fund and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Born in 1933 in the UK, Tyzack became one of the most distinguished abstract British painters in the 20th century, mentoring and inspiring many young artists, including abstract painter Brian Rutenberg.

"Without risk, there is no serious painting," Tyzack would tell his students.

Michael Tyzack, Aug. 3, 1933 - Feb. 11, 2007 - SPRIKEDRIVERS.CO.UK
  • Michael Tyzack, Aug. 3, 1933 - Feb. 11, 2007
Tyzack's paintings are best known for their geometric abstraction and subtle color variations. His diamond motif can be seen throughout a variety of his works.

His work became revered around the world, exhibiting in over 50 British and overseas group show appearances, as well as 20 solo exhibitions.

The first solo exhibition Tyzack appeared in after moving to the US was the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington in 1973.

After a serious car accident in the 1980s, Tyzack took a break from art, but made a comeback with his series of Small Nocturnes, drawings in mixed media on paper. Then, in 2001, Tyzack's Appropriate to the Moment exhibition was showcased at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, featuring his staple diamond motif paintings completed from 1989 to 2001.

"Pessimists see an absence of color, optimists the potential presence of color," Tyzack said about the exhibition.

He retired as Chair of the College of Charleston's art department in 2005, where he continued teaching until his passing in 2007.

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