"My work is varied and I'm stimulated by my environment. This means I have moved around a great deal and find new places and people inspiring. I paint portraits as well as more abstract ideas. Motivated by an idea, at times conceptual otherwise motivated by the painting process."
NDD Atd M.Art MFA (Research)
Tanya was born in Manchester, UK and spent her early years in Washington DC and Baltimore, USA. On scholarship she went on to study illustration and design at Goldsmiths’ London, and Kings College, Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK. While raising her family, she worked as an illustrator from 1970-1987, and has been nominated for various Children’s Book awards.
Tanya was a resident artist at the NSW University Atelier of the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris from March to July 1997. She held her first solo show at Grace Brothers Gallery, Sydney in 1975, her fine art practice consists of large scale oil paintings and a couple of bronze sculptures. Her painting has developed around the study of the figure in space, both physical and psychological space. In the 2000’s she has exhibited in Paris, Belgium, and the USA, as well as Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth in Australia. Tanya holds a Master of Arts Degree and a Masters’ Research Degree (MFA) from the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts. In March 2001 Tanya was awarded a fellowship grant to the Vermont Studio Centre, USA, as an artist in residence, which allowed her work to explore spatial abstraction, with the figure as ‘vector’.
Tanya has been awarded several prestigious studio residencies from the Cite Internationale des Art in Paris to the Leighton Studios(Thom) at the well known Banff Centre for the Arts and Sciences, Alberta, Canada, and many other studio residencies in the US and Australia.
Tanya explored abstraction at Banff, in the form of large scale paintings depicting views of the Rocky mountains 38,000 ft above sea level. Tanya has been invited to work at a Port Phillip Artists’ studio, Melbourne and recently completed two years with Kingston Arts studios, Moorabbin, Melbourne. Currently represented by Circle Arts she was published in Spotlight Magazine.
Tanya currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist