A German by birth, he entered the Academy of Fine Art in Munich in 1929, soon after he became apprenticed to the Sculptor Moisey Kogan, then living in Paris. In the early 1930s he moved to London to work for an advertising firm but after three days left to become a full time painter. During the War he joined the Civil Defence Corps and later the Ministry of Information. As much a designer, and muralist as a painter Tisdall won the competition to design the entrance to the funfair at Festival of Britain South Bank Site in 1953. His first of many solo shows internationally was hel d at Leger Galleries in 1945. This is a major work by this important artist.