Lot 223 - Tyson Valentine Sharp - A Day At The Zoo
Felt Tip Pens on This Postcard
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Tyson Valentine Sharp was born on the 14th of February in the Midlands, UK. With Greek heritage he grew up in a lively, gregarious, supportive and VERY fun-loving family, all of which are reflected in his personality and key to fuelling his drive and passion for both art and science. His families’ strong values, especially toward hard work and intellectual betterment, encouraged Tyson into a career in academia. This choice was a challenging direction as he has severe dyslexia but obtained a place at the University of Essex to study for a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc Hons) in Molecular Biology and then went on to complete a PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular Virology at St. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. After working as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Netherlands and as a molecular virologist in the USA, Tyson is now researching cancer biology as a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Bart’s Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University; which is part of the Cancer Research UK City of London Major Centre.
As a self-taught Abstract Artist Tyson has, over the last 20 years, combined his artwork, art ideas, sketches, and plans for larger art projects and pieces (see Commissions), alongside his scientific research. Much of his work as an artist is intimately linked to his virus and cancer research, the literature, the grant applications and the scientific papers he writes. His works are semi-subconscious Wu Wei-like meditations in primary colours, and geometric shapes that fight for conformity on the page against the complexity, heterogeneity and chaos of cancer biology. Often, his frustrations at our lack of understanding of cancer biology, human health and the human condition drives his geometric work in a palette that is heavly based on primary colours.
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