Tanya Wales

Tanya Wales

South Australia, Angaston, Australia

About Tanya Wales

Tanya Wales is an Australian abstract artist, based in South Australia. Following professional education in Design Arts and Graphic Design between 1994 and 1997, Tanya began to develop her creative thinking in more abstract forms of expression. This included a period of training at the National Art School in 2007 and private tutoring with the acclaimed Sydney artist, Marissa Purcell between 2008 and 2014. During this time, Tanya developed several bodies of work and exhibited at various group and solo shows in Sydney and Melbourne, including seven exhibitions at The Other Art Fairs. She continues to demonstrate the evolution of her work in exhibitions and galleries.


ARTIST STATEMENT

The scale and tranquillity of Tanya’s works form the basis of her biography and invite the audience to pause, to breathe, to feel. Spurning the use of familiar reference points to elicit an emotional response, the flowing forms and fields of colour provoke deeply personal and diverse interpretations.

A confluence of techniques including pouring, transparent layers, fine brushwork and painterly marks are used to create an otherworldly narrative balanced by a sense of ambiguity and the illusion of simplicity. The multi-layered tension between colour and form provide the energy in each piece.

Calling on varied techniques and processes, Tanya engages with a considered combination of elements across a concurrent series of works, building a complex narrative within each piece that references a point in time and a playful celebration of painting itself. Once completed, each work conveys the artist’s fascination with the fluid inevitability of life’s journey and with the paradox of knowing that despite all that has gone before all we ever really have is one perfect moment: the present.

Education

2008 – 2012 – Artist mentor / private tutor (Marisa Purcell)
2007 – Painting with Fiona Greenhill National Art School
2001 – Certificate III in Printing & Graphic Arts
1997 – Advance Diploma in Graphic Design
1995 – Certificate III Introductory to Design Arts

Events

2020 (Awaiting re-schedule) – Joint Exhibition, Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea, Sydney

The Other Art Fair, Sydney
October 2019, The Cutaway, Barangaroo

The Other Art Fair, Sydney
March 2019, Australian Technology Park

The Other Art Fair, Melbourne
August 2018, The Facility

The Other Art Fair, Sydney
November 2017, Australian Technology Park

The Other Art Fair, Melbourne
May 2017, The Facility

The Other Art Fair, Sydney
October 2016, Commune

The Other Art Fair, Sydney
September 2015, Central Park

Exhibitions

2020 (Awaiting re-schedule) – Joint Exhibition, Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea, Sydney2019 October – The Other Art Fair, The Cutaway, Sydney
2019 August – Friends of Hazelhurst, Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea, Sydney
2019 May – Art Gallery one Darling, Balmain, Sydney
2019 April – Soho Galleries, Waterloo, Sydney
2019 March – The Other Art Fair, Australian Technology Park, Sydney
2018 Aug – The Other Art Fair, The Facility, Melbourne
2017 Oct – The Other Art Fair, Australian Technology Park, Sydney
2017 May – The Other Art Fair, The Facility, Melbourne
2016 Oct – The Other Art Fair, Commune, Sydney
2016 March – The Ambiance Store Project / Cultural Flanerie, Brisbane
2016 March – ‘MOST’ Marrickville Open S tudio Trail, Sydney
2015 Sept – The Other Art Fair, Chippendale, Sydney
2015 Aug – Art Pharmacy, Sydney
2015 March – ‘Colour Spectrum’ – Artshine Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney
2015 Feb – ‘Spectrum Now’ & ‘MOST’ – May Street Studios, St Peters, Sydney
2014 May – Hunters Hill Gallery Pop-up exhibition, Balmain, Sydney
2014 Feb – ‘MOST’ Marrickville Open Studio Trail, Sydney
2013 Sept – Sydney Fringe Festival – May Street Studios, St Peters, Sydney
2012 May – Group Show – May Street Studios, St Peters, Sydney
2011 Sept – ‘Immersed 2011’ Pop-up Gallery 693, Sydney
2011 March – ‘MOST’ Marrickville Open Studio Trail, Sydney
2011 Feb – Kelby’s, Marrickville, Sydney
2010 Sept – Group Show – May Street Studios, St Peters, Sydney
2010 May – MCM House Art Show – MCM House, Waterloo, Sydney
2010 May – Group Show – May Street Studios, St Peters, Sydney
2009 Nov – Group Show – May Street Studios, St Peters, Sydney
2009 Aug – Out of Hours Show – Balmain Watch house, Balmain, Sydney
2009 March – Group Show – May Street Studios, St Peters, Sydney
2008 Group Show – One+2 Studios, Rozelle, Sydney
2007 Group Show – One+2 Studios, Rozelle, Sydney