“I like to show how beautiful the world really is, so I paint fleeting memories, moments in time, dreams, nature, different places and cultures. I am also interested in changing reality into positive experiences.”
Hiske Tas Bain was born in The Hague, Holland, 1939. After finishing her formal education in The Hague, she went on to attend Art School, first at De Haagse Academie voor Beeldende Kunst, then at De Haagse Vrije Academie and she also studied The Regent College of Art in London. Being inspired by such art styles as, Surrealism, Dadaism, Magic realism, and stimulated by people in society, Culture, Music, and Art, traveling became one of Hiske’s passions. She has journeyed and lived extensively throughout Europe and Asia. After having lived in Paris, London, New York, and Antwerp, she took up residence in Australia where she has now lived and worked for 46 years.
Hiske’s studies and fascination with the Indigenous culture, along with the stimulating wonders of nature and the magic of its vastness led her to the tribal women in the desert of Ernabella in the Northern Territory, Australia. She worked and lived amongst the women there as a Natural Therapist and they shared knowledge of each other’s crafts and culture. Having been involved as an initiate into the societies of the Australian Indigenous, American Indian, and Polynesian Kahuna Shamanism, has led Hiske to work as a healer and teacher all over the world.
The artist has exhibited internationally including in The Netherlands, Belgium, USA, Spain, Germany, and Australia. She has been commissioned to work on murals, textile design, jewelry, stoneware, portraits and CD covers. Her works belong to Collections in Australia, including the Brisbane City Council and overseas. She has appeared in publications like Who’s who in Visual Art, Germany, Art in Vogue, UK, The New Collectors book and 50 Masters of Realistic Imagery, Germany, and the Xanadou Art Gallery catalogs. She has received notable awards including the Echo Easter Classic 1999, Palm Award, 2011, 2014, 2017 Art Addiction, Medial Museum, Diploma of Excellence 2005, 2007, 2009 and New Art Originals 2011.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist