Joe Tilson is one of the most beloved British Pop Artists of the 20th and 21st Century. With his work in the collections of no fewer than 61 public Museums and Galleries around the world.
Tilson studied in London at St Martin's School of Art (1949–52) and the Royal College of Art (1952–55). As a student at the RCA Tilson associated with Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, R. B. Kitaj, Peter Blake, Allen Jones, Patrick Caulfield and David Hockney It was towards the end of his studies at the Royal College that he received the Rome Prize, which took him to Italy for a year in 1955. He returned to London in 1957, and from 1958 to 1963 he taught at St Martin's School of Art, and subsequently taught at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and The School of Visual Arts, New York and the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Hamburg. In 1961 he exhibited at the Paris Biennale.
In 1985 he was made a Royal Academician. His career has been metronomic in success, with over 71 solo shows to his name at various galleries around the world notable examples include a print exhibition at the Tate in 1978, a 2002 retrospective at the Royal Academy and a retrospective show at Giò Marconi Gallery, Milan in 2006. He has shown regularly at London art landmarks such as Marlborough Fine Art, Alan Cristea Galleries, and Theo Waddington Galleries.