Nicola Tyson Swimmer 1995

Artwork details

Artist
Nicola Tyson born 1960
Title
Swimmer
Date 1995
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1426 x 1273 x 39 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1999
Reference
T07492
Not on display

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Nicola Tyson describes her work as ‘psycho-figuration’. Her figures tend to be oddly misshapen with puzzling proportions, usually set against a flat painted background. She uses them to examine issues of identity, gender and sexuality.

The submerged body of the Swimmer is particularly distorted by the refraction of light through water. The lower body tapers to a point like a tadpole, while the monstrously bulbous head has a pink-coloured void where a face should be. The bright colours conflict with the anxiety provoked by the distortion of Tyson’s figures. 

August 2004