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Tyson (Ian) Collection
MSS 0413  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: Ian Tyson Collection
    Creator: Tyson, Ian
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0413
    Physical Description: 5.6 Linear feet (4 archives boxes, 2 map case folders, and 8 flat boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1966-2006
    Abstract: The Ian Tyson Collection contains book production materials for collaborations between Ian Tyson, the British painter, printmaker and book artist, and prominent poets including Andrew Crozier, Larry Eigner, Wai-lim Yip, Jackson Mac Low, and Jerome Rothenberg. Materials include correspondence, manuscripts, page layouts, paste-ups, galley proofs, and Tyson's original artworks.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Ian Tyson Collection contains book production materials for collaborations between Ian Tyson, the British painter, printmaker and book artist, and prominent poets including Andrew Crozier, Larry Eigner, Wai-lim Yip, Jackson Mac Low, and Jerome Rothenberg. Materials include correspondence, manuscripts, page layouts, paste-ups, galley proofs, and Tyson's original artworks. Ian Tyson's books are the main focus in the collection and include: A Line That May be Cut (1968); Sightings I-IX, and, Red Easy a Color (1968); 17 Horse Songs of Frank Mitchell, Nos. X-XII (1969); 23rd Light Poem for Larry Eigner (1969); The Pronouns (1971); Narratives and Real Theater Pieces (1977); History of Dada as my Muse (1982); Songs from the Society of the Mystic Animals (1982); Poem: A Cast of Dice Never can Annul Chance (1985); Millenium (1988); Six Gematria (1992); Surimono 3 (1995); Pavan (2002); Vert(ical) (2003); Jardin de V(ie) (2004); and Surimono 7, after Li Ho (2005).
    Arranged in three series: 1) BOOK COLLABORATIONS, 2) BOOKS BY TYSON, and 3) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.

    Biography

    Ian Tyson was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, United Kingdom in April 1933. Tyson grew up in Upton, outside of Birkenhead, but spent much time as a child with his grandparents near Wigan. He attended school in Wigan during the World War II and later attended his father's old school. It was there he was introduced to modern art and creating expressive and abstract art. After graduating, he worked as an apprentice engineer in the shipyards for two years. He decided, though, that his future was not in engineering, and continued making artwork independently, determined to attend Birkhead School of Art, where he remained for about two years.
    In 1954, Tyson moved to London where he studied figure and life painting at the Royal Academy Schools for four years, in addition to attending etching and lithography evening classes. He then took a position in the printmaking department at the Camberwell School of Art and Craft, then about a year later, taught lithography at the Farmham School of Art from 1959-1966. His first solo show was in 1958-59 at the 1957 Gallery in Edinburgh. It was at Farnham where he met Ron King and in 1967 when King formed Circle Press, he joined him and started screenprinting. Shortly thereafter, he met Jerome Rothenberg through Stuart Montgomery of Fulcrum Press. When Rothenberg saw Tyson's visual interpretations of poetry he suggested one of his poems, which led to the first collaboration between the two and the second publication of Circle Press, SIGHTINGS I-IX & RED EASY A COLOR (1968).
    In 1970, Tyson founded his own press in London, Tetrad Press, where he worked with contemporary artists and poets including Jackson Mac Low, Tom Phillips, Roy Fisher, and Larry Eigner. During this time, he created visual interpretations of his own texts including LETTERS FROM THE BLACK PALACE I-III (1971) and STANZA FROM THE GRAVE (1972). In addition to his printmaking and book works, he also created paintings and sculptures. Tyson operated Tetrad Press until 1995, whereupon he started ED.IT Press at his home in France.
    He was a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art (1984), the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1969) and the University of California, San Diego (1992), and a Brinkley Fellow at the Norwich School of Art (1979-1980).
    While he has continued to produced books arts and prints, he also has increasingly engaged in sculpture. Permanent installations of his sculptures are located in Drome and Séguret, France; London; and the University of East Anglia. In the course of his career, he has been featured in more than 32 solo exhibitions and 44 group exhibitions and his work can be found in more than three dozen public collections across North American and Europe.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Preferred Citation

    Ian Tyson Collection, MSS 413. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Artists' books
    Book designers -- Great Britain -- Biography
    Book design
    Artists -- Great Britain -- Biography
    Yip, Wai-lim -- Correspondence
    Tyson, Ian -- Archives
    Mac Low, Jackson -- Correspondence
    Rothenberg, Jerome -- Correspondence