Agnes Tyson, known to colleagues and friends as Aggie, studied at the New York Studio School and completed her Bachelor in Fine Art (Honours Class I) and Masters of Fine Art Degree in Painting at the National Art School in Sydney, Australia. There she earned the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and Reg Richardson Travel Scholarship. After leaving art school she received an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant. She was a finalist for the Plein Air Art Prize in 2018 and the Willian Fletcher Foundation Rome Residency in 2014 and 2016. She has been the recipient of residencies at the Cite Internationale des Arts (Paris) and Bundanon Trust (Australia). Her works are owned by Saint Vincents Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and private collectors.
As an artist, Agnes sees herself as a craftsperson. The human touch is evident in all stages of her work from making boards, building frames, stretching canvas to collaging and painting. She frequently uses collage in her work; she glues canvas onto board and then paints the board and glued canvas. Lines are created where the pieces of canvas meet. In her mounted works on paper, she first paints sheets of cotton paper and then cuts and glues the cut paper onto board. She uses various methods to see, to emphasise or contradict spacial expectations and to create a dynamic surface.