Tannya Harricks
Tannya Harricks

Exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery 6 – 19 February 2018

Artworks available to view in Sydney

Tannya Harricks’s paintings are derived from sketches made in the landscape and brought to life in the studio with intense layers of oil paint and bold, confident brushstrokes. Harricks paints intuitively and without premeditation, intent on capturing the energy of the subject through spontaneous gesture. Quintessentially Australian coastal landscapes are reimagined in the manipulation of colour and form. As she seeks to draw the viewer into the work with the seductive fluidity of the brushwork and presence of the paint.

Harricks has exhibited in Sydney for the past 4 years and has been awarded both the Waverley Art Prize (2013) and Hornsby Art Prize (2012). She has also been a finalist in many Australian art awards including the Mosman Art Prize (2014, 2013), the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, S.A (2013), the Muswellbrook Art Prize (2015, 2013), Gallipoli Art Prize (2012) and the Gold Coast Art Prize, Qld (2012).

Tannya Harricks’s recent body of work is in response to her Artist Residency on Fraser Island (K’Gari) Queensland in August 2015.

World heritage listed Fraser Island is is the world’s largest sand Island and a transient and spiritual landscape. The humming of birds, frogs and insects – a reminder of the abundance of wildlife inhabiting the Island. This includes the purest strain of native Dingo – the remaining 200 or so are facing extinction.

Conservation of the fragile ecosystem and endangered species struggles in the face of tourism on the Island with 360,000 visitors each year. Whilst exploring and observing the landscape and native fauna, Harricks was sensitive to the fact that her presence has added to the many layers of human and natural histories of the Island.

K’Gari has an immense spiritual energy that will forever be imprinted on her mind and heart. To quote a local indigenous (Butchulla) park ranger describing the stunning perched Lake – Lake Boomanjin – “This is a significant site for us. That’s why we don’t go swimming in the lake. We show respect.”

Education

1992 Diploma of Graphic Design – Randwick TAFE NSW

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Take me to the Coast, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi NSW
2014 Coastal Series, Art2Muse Gallery, Double, Bay, Sydney
2012 Dogs and their People, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney

Group Exhibitions

2015 End of Year Show, Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, Sydney

2013 End of Year Show, Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre NSW
Within and Beyond, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Wahroonga NSW
Waverley Artist Sudios Exhibition – Art Month, Waverley Library, NSW
2014 Benalla Nude Art Prize, Benalla Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman NSW
Hornsby Art Prize, Wallarobba Arts Centre, Hornsby NSW
2013 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Museum of South Australia
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman NSW
Waverley Art Prize, Waverley Woollahra Art School NSW
Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre NSW
Hornsby Art Prize, Wallarobba Arts Centre, Hornsby NSW
2012 Gold Coast Art Prize, The Arts Centre, Gold Coast QLD
Hornsby Art Prize, Wallarobba Arts Centre, Hornsby NSW
Waverley Art Prize, Waverley Woollahra Art School NSW
Gallipoli Art Prize, Gallipoli Memorial Club NSW

Prizes / Residencies

2015 World Heritage Listed Fraser Island joint artist residency
with photographer Virginia Woods-Jack (August 2015)
2013 Waverley Council Artist in residence, Bondi. July – December
2013 Awarded the Waverley Art Prize Open prize and Works on paper prize
2012 Awarded the Hornsby Art Prize
Awarded the Mayor’s Prize, Waverley Art Prize

Media & Publications

Buchanan, Matt Gallipoli Art Prize review, Sydney Morning Herald, April 2012
Anthoney, Adra, Waverley Art Prize review, Bondi View, July 11 2013

Collections

Waverley Council
Hornsby Council
Gold Coast City Gallery acquisitions,
Private collections Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia

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