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.
Tannya’s latest exhibition, Current, includes new paintings from her recent art residency in Bundanon, on the NSW South Coast and from her travels through France and Italy during the European Winter.
The Shoalhaven River was a key theme to Tannya’s paintings from her time spent at Bundanon. It is a tidal river with a strong current and is brimming with life beneath the surface and along its banks. She hoped to encapsulate the energy of this significant life source through her visceral approach to painting.
Last year she also traveled from the North to the South of France, chasing the Mistral Winds along the Rhone Valley from East of Paris down to Arles. These cold and powerful winds are responsible for the sharp light in the South of France as they clear the air of pollution. This clarity of the air and light is one of the features that attracted many French impressionist and post-impressionist artists to the South of France.
Tannya explored Italy with her sketchbook by car and train. Most of her time there was spent in the less touristy Eastern Italian region of Le Marche, sketching the landscape in its rich winter palette.
1972 Born in Goulburn NSW
1992 Diploma, Graphic Design, Randwick TAFE
1998 AWARD (Australian Writers and Art Directors) School, NSW
2019 Current, Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney
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
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
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
2015 Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre, K’Gari (Fraser Island), QL
2013 Waverley Council Artist in Residence, Bondi Studios, Sydney
Dingo, Claire Saxby (Author), Walker Books (Publisher) released April 2018
Waru the Green Turtle, Paul Harris (Author), Ventura Press (Publisher) released Feb 2018
Waverley City Council
Hornsby City Council
Gold Coast City Gallery
Private collections in Australia and overseas