Close and personal with Rugby artist

MHRA-01-10-13 Exhibition Sep68''Allyson Tysall prepares for her forthcoming exhibition at the Rugby Art Gallery.
MHRA-01-10-13 Exhibition Sep68''Allyson Tysall prepares for her forthcoming exhibition at the Rugby Art Gallery.
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Rugby artist Allyson Tysall uses her own body as the subject of her first solo exhibition at Floor One Gallery, Rugby, running between now until October 17.

Flesh - Up Close and Personal is an intimate portrait of the artist’s own body on a magnified scale - a series of artworks that has been ongoing for the last eight years, examining herself through the medium of paint.

Allyson said of her work: “I used my body as a source to engage with the process of painting. I have always been interested in the human form and my own body was easily accessible.”

Photographs of what she believes are interesting parts of her skin are then manipulated in Photoshop where she controls the composition, lighting and colour. When satisfied with that image, she then draws it out at a larger scale onto canvas, and produces a final acrylic painting using the new digital image as a source.

Allyson said: “I became aware fairly quickly that the areas that seemed most fascinating to me had sustained some kind of physical or emotional impact, through ageing, scarring or stretching and find there is endless scope with this subject.”

Jess Morgan, exhibitions officer for RAGM, said: “Allyson’s work is intensely personal so it is a real privilege to view. I’m looking forward to the exhibition.”

After completing her degree in fine art printmaking in the 1990s she became an active member of the Rugby art group The Tantalus Project which allowed her to carry on working and exhibiting in group shows across the region. This has enabled her to develop and evolve her work over time, and has given her the confidence to mount this exhibition.

To find out more about what’s on at Rugby’s gallery, including opening times and other activities, please visit ragm.org.uk.