Tanja Truscott

Tanja Truscott

South Africa | 9 artworks for sale

My artwork is born from a fascination with painterly abstraction and the power it has to engage us visually and emotionally.

In a fast paced society saturated with minute by minute documentation, abstract art gives us an opportunity to reflect and to delve below the surface.

I am inspired by literature, poetry and music, but just as easily by rain pelting the studio or a landscape remembered. Any of these can be the impetus for the colours and tools I choose, the marks I make and the shapes that emerge, as they obliquely inform the content.
BA Graphic Design,HDE in Art, University of Cape Town
Tanja Truscott is a South African artist born in the Netherlands and currently works from Eastside Studios in Salt River, Cape Town.

She studied Graphic design at Stellenbosch University. She taught Art, and was an illustrator, art director and designer in educational publishing. 
A decade ago she turned to painting and has been a full time artist for the past 5 years. She has exhibited in group shows, most recently in Barnard Gallery’s Nano 1.3. Her work is represented in private collections both locally and abroad.

Selected Exhibitions:

Group Exhibition: NEW BLOOD at Candice Berman Gallery, Johannesburg
Group Exhibition: NANO 1.3 at Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
Group Exhibition: WORKS ON PAPER at RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel
Group Exhibition: BOTANICA at Art b, Cape Town
Group Exhibition: SECRET GARDEN at Art-on-Avenues, Somerset West
Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
Perhaps not a new trend, but abstract expression has recently become more visible in South African galleries. I find it encouraging that there is a market out there for artists such as Emma Aspeling, Jeanne Hoffman, Mary Visser, Lucy Jane Turpin, Penelope Stutterheim, Jill Trappler and Gabrielle Kruger. All women!

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
It would probably be a large painting by Rothko.

How did you get started? Did you always want to be an artist?
I have always been interested in visual communication. Initially through illustration and graphic design, but more recently in a more personal way, through drawing and painting. There is so much we can learn from artists as they interpret the world in so many different ways.

What are some of the key themes you explore in your work?

I am drawn to landscapes in the widest sense. I explore my response to a particular physical environment, but sometimes work directly to an idea, or music or a few lines of poetry that intrigue me.

What should people know about your art that they can’t tell from looking at it?
At the beginning this painting looked very different to this! It has probably undergone many transformations. This makes the whole creative process so exciting; the fact that I have no idea what the painting will look like when I start!
Tell us more about your creative process.
I explore ideas in notebooks, through various media such as collage, ink or gouache, either within a landscape, or to music or poetry. Once I feel ready I work intuitively and mostly from memory.
I start off loosely and expressively and then I let the painting take me.
Sometimes I have no theme in mind and work purely with shapes, lines and textures, building the final artwork up through many layers.

What drives you as an artist?
My curiosity. And the idea there is so much to explore.

Do you have a favourite or most meaningful work?
My latest work is usually my favourite work! There is always a sense of excitement as I push into new territory and find closure; when I know the painting is ready to go into the world and hold its own.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
To have exhibited alongside local, up and coming (and established) artists. There is so much exciting young talent in South Africa.

What are your aspirations for the future?
Paint bigger, be bolder.