Nicola Tyson (b. 1960, London) studied at the Chelsea School of Art and Central St Martin’s School of Art (1979-1989, both London). Based in New York since 1989, Tyson is primarily known as a painter but has also worked with photography, film, performance and the written word. Her work has continued to gain recognition for its reimagining of the female figure in relation to concepts of identity and the social gaze. She sets out to describe the female body as experienced rather than merely observed. Moving beyond a mimetic, objectifying approach, she explores the body as a constantly shifting set of felt coordinates. Through this process, her distinctive images often blur the distinction between representation and abstraction.