Tannya Harricks
Tannya Harricks

Exhibition Shifting at Art2Muse Gallery 6 – 19 February 2018

Meet the Artist 1-3pm Saturday 17th February 2018

Artworks available to view in Sydney

Tannya Harricks is an Australian artist known for her lush paintings of Australian landscapes and figurative work.

Intent on capturing the energy of the subject through spontaneous gesture, she paints intuitively and without premeditation. The subject of her work is re-imagined in the manipulation of colour and form with fluid brushwork.

Harricks has exhibited in Australia, New Zealand and Florence and has been awarded the Waverley Art Prize (2013), Hornsby Art Prize (2012) and highly commended at the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, S.A (2013).

She has been a finalist in many prominent Australian art awards including the Manning art prize naked and Nude (2017), the Muswellbrook Art Prize (2018, 2015, 2013), Mosman Art Prize (2014, 2013), Gallipoli Art Prize (2012), and the Gold Coast Art Prize (2012). Her work is held in private and Government collections throughout Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

In 2016 she painted illustrations for ‘Dingo’ written by Claire Saxby and published by walker Books Australia in April 2018. In 2017 she completed illustrations in watercolour for Waru by Paul Harris and published by Ventura Press. She is currently working on illustrations for her second childrens book for Walker Books.

Shifting

Tannya Harrick’s exhibition Shifting draws its energy from the fresh perspective that moving countries can bring to an artist’s eye. The work is inspired by her strong connection to New Zealand, having lived between Wellington, Sydney and more recently Auckland for periods of time over the past 16 years.

Shifting embraces the constant state of flux that the land, sea and sky exist in. In NZ you feel a direct connection to the impermanent landscape. The sky can close in around you one minute and open up and set you free the next.

The opalescent black sand of New Zealand’s dramatic west coast is inspiration for her new artworks where we are taken on a sensory journey of contrasts. The heat of the sand against the sharp cool breezes and where the baby blue green sea meets a Paynes Grey sky. You can almost smell the peaty, salty coast. The contrast between the West and East coastal landscape is also evident in this new body of work.

Caravans are quintessentially part of the tapestry of the NZ landscape that Harricks has observed on her travels. They represent freedom, protection from the elements and offer intimate access to remote places. In this series they also serve as a sentimental symbol.

Aotearoa, rugged individual
Glisten like a pearl, at the bottom of the world.’ – Tim Finn – Six Months in a leaky boat

CV

1972        Born in Goulburn NSW

Education

1992        Diploma, Graphic Design, Randwick TAFE
1998        AWARD (Australian Writers and Art Directors) School, NSW

Solo Exhibitions

2018        Shifting, Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney
2014        Take me to the Coast, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Sydney
2014        Coastal Series, Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney
2012        Dogs and their People, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
2011        Road Trip, Pablo & Rusty, Sydney

Group Exhibitions

2017        Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude 2017, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, NSW
2017        Laughter is the best Medicine, Sydney Childrens Hospital, Randwick
2017        Baradene College Art Exhibition, Baradene College, Auckland, New Zealand
2016        Internationart, Galleria 360, Florence, Italy
2016        Kings College Fine Art Show, Auckland, New Zealand
2016        VEFA Exhibition of fine art, Auckland, New Zealand
2015        Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre NSW
2015        Within and Beyond, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney
2015        Waverley Artist Studios Exhibition: Art Month, Waverley Library Galleries, Sydney
2014        Benalla Nude Art Prize, Benalla Regional Art Gallery, Benalla, Victoria
2014        Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2014        Hornsby Art Prize, Wallarobba Arts Centre, Sydney
2014        Gallipoli Art Prize, Gallipoli Memorial Club, Sydney
2013        Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Museum of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
2013        Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2013        Waverley Art Prize, Waverley Woollahra Art School, Sydney
2013        Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Musswellbrook, NS
2013        Hornsby Art Prize, Wallarobba Arts Centre, Sydney
2012        Gold Coast Art Prize, The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD
2012        Hornsby Art Prize, Wallarobba Arts Centre, Sydney
2012        Waverley Art Prize, Waverley Woollahra Art School, Sydney

Awards

2018        Muswellbrook Art Prize (Finalist)
2017        Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude 2015 (Finalist)
2015        Muswellbrook Art Prize (Finalist)
2014        Benalla Nude Art Prize (Finalist)
2014        Mosman Art Prize (Finalist
2014        Hornsby Art Prize (Finalist)
2014        Gallipoli Art Prize (Finalist)
2013        Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (Highly Commended)
2013        Mosman Art Prize (Finalist
2013        Waverley Art Prize (Winner of open prize and works on paper prize)
2013        Muswellbrook Art Prize (Finalist)
2013        Hornsby Art Prize (Finalist)
2012        Gold Coast Art Prize (Artwork acquired for the collection)
2012        Hornsby Art Prize (Winner
2013        Waverley Art Prize (Winner Mayor’s prize

Residencies
2015        Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre, K’Gari (Fraser Island), QL
2013        Waverley Council Artist in Residence, Bondi Studios, Sydney

Illustration Commission
Dingo, Claire Saxby (Author), Walker Books (Publisher) released April 2018
Waru the Green Turtle, Paul Harris (Author), Ventura Press (Publisher) released Feb 2018

Collections
Waverley City Council
Hornsby City Council
Gold Coast City Gallery
Private collections in Australia and overseas

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