The Tyler Collection


An exhibition of works donated the University of Tasmania Fine Art Collection

Start Date

1st Mar 2011 12:00pm

End Date

16th Mar 2011 5:00pm


Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art, Hunter Street, Hobart

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An exhibition of artworks gifted to the
University of Tasmania Fine Art Collection
at the Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street

The Tyler Gift 

Geoffrey Tyler and his wife, Frances, have undertaken to donate their art collection to become part of the University of Tasmania Fine Art Collection, together with a fund that, inter alia, will finance future purchases.  Begun in 1960, their collection includes paintings, drawings, graphics, sculptures and ceramics. Nearly all were produced in the twentieth century by artists in Australia, Britain, Europe, the United States and Africa.  An important part are Romanian works, obtained when Geoffrey Tyler visited the country frequently in the period from 1973 to 1987, when working for the International Monetary Fund.

Two Australian works are included in this exhibition.

The Sisters by Arthur Boyd

The Sisters by Arthur Boyd is an important, relatively early work, probably painted in western Victoria around 1949. 

Three Towers No. 1 by Leonard French was painted in Greece probably in the 1960s.

The exhibition will also feature William Blake's twenty-two engravings illustrating the Book of Job.  Over a period of years, Blake did a series of multiple image representations of the Job story in drawings and watercolours.  The finally engraved series was the culmination and one of Blake's last and greatest works.

Artwork by Corneliu Petrescu

Artwork by Corneliu Petrescu

Other works featured in the exhibition are by Romanian artist
Corneliu Petrescu (1924-2009)

Corneliu Petrescu was born in Slanic, Romania, on 23 June 1924.  Despite his interest and talent in art, his parents persuaded him to become a physician.  He obtained his MD at Bucharest University and subsequently became a research doctor in a medical institute in Bucharest.

His interest in art remained intense, however, and he studied painting privately with leading Romanian artists.  By mid-1950s he began exhibiting paintings and woodcuts.  His first one-man show was in Bucharest in 1964 and thereafter he had frequent solo exhibitions in Romania, the Netherlands, West Germany and the United States.  From 1976 he ceased medical research and devoted the rest of his life entirely to painting.

His work is heavily influenced by the traditions and techniques of Byzantine art, which remained important in Romania long after they had vanished from Western Europe.  He used gold leaf extensively, and religious themes.  Additionally, he always used collage techniques, and gradually these became more important in his works, especially using old letters and papers.  In contrast to Romanian landscapes, the beauty of the desert regions in America's southwest, experienced during two vacations there in 1976 and 1978 with Geoffrey Tyler, led him to paint desert landscapes based on that region throughout the rest of his life.