Tahnee Lonsdale Artist Statement
Tahnee’s paintings have their foundations in their immediate surroundings. The wall that is beneath them and the skirting board that runs below them. The view through the window and what happens beyond the curve of the curtain. Within these abstractions, semi-real compositions are formed. Metaphorical characters suggest questions through narrative. Themes of faith and existence are juxtaposed against those of domesticity and feminism. A tug-of-war between two opposing forces. ‘A little bit of chaos. Then order. Chaos. Order. Normally finishing in chaos.’
What results are semi abstract, staged scenes, where figures both hide and flaunt themselves to the viewer. As the viewer you are lead by these strangers through doors and windows and across the canvas, in the hope your questions will match with those of theirs, and you’ll play advocate to their beliefs.
Tahnee completed her Foundation and BA at Byam Shaw school of art in 2007. Her work has been exhibited in London and LA, and is part of collections in Singpore, Brazil, Taiwan, London and the US.
Tahnee has been shortlisted for a number of awards, making the final for 100 Painters of Tomorrow and shortlisted for The Dazed and Confused Emerging Artist Award at Whitechapel gallery.