Joe Tilson at Rosslyn Chapel
June 25 - July 31, 2021
On 25 June 2021, a new stained glass window by Joe Tilson RA was unveiled at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. Commissioned by the Earl and Countess of Rosslyn to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Rosslyn Chapel Trust, it celebrates the chapel’s rich history which, since its foundation in 1446, has continually inspired artists and writers from J. M. W. Turner to Dan Brown.
Nurturing a lifelong fascination with architecture which is explored most recently in his Stones of Venice series, Tilson has also worked with stained glass at the world-renowned glass factories of Murano near Venice, and this project is emblematic of his multi-faceted and ever-evolving artistic practice.
Closely collaborating with Mark Bambrough, glass conservator at Rosslyn Chapel, the new window showcases Tilson’s unique and colourful style. The blurred edge detail in the central section of his design was replicated with the use of flashed glass, which involves the layering of clear and coloured glass panels.
A selection of Joe Tilson's preparatory works for the Rosslyn Chapel is now on view in gallery 3 at Marlborough Gallery in London.