The gallery's largest exhibition of a single artist since its opening in 2007, the show reflects on Tillyer's 50 year career.
Middlesbrough-born William Tillyer has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work features in the private collections of both Charles Saatchi and David Bowie, yet he remains relatively unknown in his home county.
Here mima devotes its entire gallery space to Tillyer's paintings, sculptures and drawings, including a digitally manipulated watercolour he has created specially for the display.
Educated at the Middlesbrough College of Art, Slade and Stanley William Hayter's print workshop, Atelier 17 in Paris, his works are known for their ambitious use of colour, texture and form.
Simultaneous displays celebrating Tillyer's career are showing at other venues in the North East and Yorkshire including National Park Gallery and Platform A.