Tanya Stubbles

“Based on the south coast of NSW Australia, I grew up on a rural property with a lot of freedom and capacity to play imaginatively. I believe these early childhood experiences enriched my ability to surrender to the creative process.

A particularly vivid memory is of a birthday party at the Riversdale property where Arthur Boyd was painting. Being only four years old I was not allowed to go to the river with the other children. I watched Boyd working and recall the paint-splattered cement floor of the studio and sunlight streaming through the wide windows overlooking the river. I was excited by the way in which he approached his work with thick meaty strokes of paint. I was inspired by his freedom of expression. This triggered my resolve to become an artist.

I describe myself as a social landscape painter. My goal is to explore the Australian identity, our stories and pastimes. I seek to create iconic images, which weave together stories of the land, its people and history. Through the use of nostalgic and sentimental elements sourced from all over Australia, I create works which speak to the people of their experiences. Construction offers an opening to access the subconscious through materials which in turn trigger the memories of childhood experiences and pastimes. I explore both rural and industrial landscapes and define myself as working in abstraction of the landscape. My use of materials and the interpretations of the places are always constructed through a highly intuitive process.

In 2008 I returned to my rural roots, completing a residency at Bundanon. I was also chosen as a finalist in the prestigious Wynne prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. Since commencing work in 2006 I have exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Alice Springs and China.”