Drawn from Turner
Jake Tilson, artist and web designer
Jake Tilson is an artist, graphic designer, publisher and author working in London. He studied painting at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art where he also taught in Communication Design (1987-99). Tilson founded Atlas magazine in 1984 and his award wining website The Cooker in 1994. His cookbook, which he has written and designed, A Tale of 12 Kitchens, 2006, is published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson.
Further information: http://www.jaketilson.com
The first impression the unframed Turner drawing makes on me is as an object - with two sides, and a history of its own. A sheet of hand-made paper that is aged, stained and bears cataloguing imprints and numbers. Turner’s sketch of Oxford Street is also made up of layers, of both pencil and ink. To help me explore the entire object I dissect these elements and draw them separately in a forensic manner.