Inscribed “A)The Country NeedsYou! B) But He is Evil! A) SoWhat? B) O.K.Then A) AboutTurn!This Side Vanitas Bishop” (on the reverse) Oil and photographic collage on canvas 75 x 77.2 cm (29 1/2 x 30 3/8in.) Executed in 1997 Provenance : Acquired directly fro the artist Phillips de Pury & Co., New York, Friday, November 16, 2007 [Lot 386] Karl Hutter Fine Art Private collection, Los Angeles British artist Keith Tyson began his earliest career as an apprentice engineer working on nuclear submarines, before he made the leap to art. Systems of logic, scientific methodology, and elements of chance have since continued to inform his intriguing practice, and his diverse artistic output stems from the view that his practice is akin to scientific experimentation. For Tyson, his studio is a laboratory where he uses scientific, philosophical or other modes of enquiry to explore questions of human existence. Northumbrian Chronicle reflects Tyson's interests in systems and machines, and is meant to be installed from the ceiling so that both sides of the work can be seen, so that this work could be seen as either a two-dimensional or a three-dimensional piece.