Agnes Tyson, known to colleagues and friends as Aggie, studied at the New York Studio School and completed her Bachelor of Fine Art Honours Class I Degree and Masters of Fine Art Degree in Painting at the National Art School where she earned the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and Reg Richardson Travel Scholarship. She received an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant. She was a finalist for the William Fletcher Foundation Rome Residency in 2015 and 2017. 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. In her works on paper, she first paints sheets of cotton paper and then cuts and glues the cut paper onto board. She uses these methods to see, to emphasise or contradict spacial expectations and to create a dynamic surface.