Tanya Slingsby


Tanya Slingsby works independently from a 2,000 sq. ft. studio gallery in Vancouver, Canada. Since 2002, she has focused solely on abstraction in painting, creating visual discourses on primordial and ethereal states in nature and the human condition. Using a formalist approach, Slingsby explores the energetic and emotional interplay of colour, texture and surface. Each work is a meditative addition and subtraction, layering polymer resin, pigment and encaustic ‘mis en plat’. Tanya completed her Bachelors Degree with Honours in Fine Arts and History of Art at the University of Victoria and holds a Masters Degree in Aesthetics and History of Art by scholarship from the University of Sussex, UK.

“My process unfolds and mingles with universal, organic tenets: transition and emergence, dimension and time, manifestation and absence, suspension and flux. Elements of the primordial, the barren and mass coalesce with light, the transparent, proliferation and the firmament. The delicate and ubiquitous balances between dark and light, matter and ether, dormancy and growth are the cynosures of my work.

I am interested in the formal qualities of painting: relationships between colour, texture, surface and spatial composition. I explore these elements through texturing media often over laid with thin washes and glazes applied mis en plat. Ambiguous residues, tonal depth and partially concealed textures are integral to my work. Commonly installed without traditional framing, my compositions carry over the edges of the stretched canvas or birch panel sides, giving the work a more sculptural quality. Each painting is the result of meditative subtraction and addition through layering. I use a variety of media including marble dust, acrylic polymer resins, acrylics, wax and oil pigments. ”