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Before Tilson went to St Martin's School of Art in 1949, he had learnt carpentry and joinery skills at Brixton School of Building. In the late 1950s, following his studies at the Royal College of Art with his contemporaries Peter Blake and Richard Smith, Tilson began to make reliefs in wood, drawing on this early experience.These games-like structures involve words or emblematic imagery and represent the constructive impulse that Friedrick Froebel, the inventor of the kindergarten, recognised as being an important part of play.
acrylic on wood relief
H 233 x W 152.4 cm
on loan from Colin St John Wilson, since 2004