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About the Artist

Tanya Slingsby is a Canadian visual artist creating abstract works that harness the fundamental power of colour, form, line and surface to create a visceral reaction in the viewer. Born and raised in the untainted beauty of Salt Spring Island, she developed a keen fascination for the purity of open space and the way light shapes nature. Slingsby completed her Bachelors in Fine Art and Art History from the University of Victoria and earned a Master's Degree in Aesthetics and the History of Art from Sussex University, UK. In her twenties, her academic connection to art acted as a barrier to practicing art. Her early efforts seemed too self-focused for her liking and Slingsby stopped painting for several years. Her current body of work was initiated after her mother died from cancer and she began engaging with how to communicate the universal truths of life in a pure, plastic language.

In her present studio practice, Slingsby explores the tradition of art as a tool for revelation. Her paintings are intended to represent the sublime power of art as art - and of abstract art as a means for communicating something essential about human experience.. Slingsby's use of arcs, ellipses and iconic forms recognise the enduring potential for sacred geometry to shift consciousness. Colour and chromatic purity are used to create a purposeful response. In her pigment emulsion series, a stratum of titanium white and resin layers are carefully built and then repeatedly sanded down by hand. Her process is slow and methodical. The pigmented forms are created organically so their shape expands and crackles over time. For her Meridians series, bold lines and flat, jewel-toned colours create a visual space that is vibrant, kinetic and enthralling.

Slingsby titles all of her work using words from foundational languages such as Sanskrit, Latin and Arabic - the Indo-European mother tongues that speak to her interest in the universality of all human existence. They are also a note to the continuing allure of the feminine mystique.

Tanya Slingsby lives in Vancouver with her husband and son and maintains a full-time studio practice in the historic 1000 Parker Street Building. She is a philanthropist who regularly donates her work to charities supporting marginalized youth, the visual arts, advances in medical research and patient care. Slingsby's work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been exhibited in Canada, the US and the UK.

By Barry Dumka

Studio

By Appointment:
110-b, 1000 Parker Street,
Vancouver, BC Canada

The iconic 1000 Parker Street warehouse is a Vancouver landmark, hosting 4 floors of artists diverse in style and discipline. In such an environment, the buzz of creativity is ongoing night and day. It is here a unique community of les beaux-arts thrives.

1000 Parker street is located near Venables and Clark Street in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Statement

Colour as Form.

To this day, painting continues to be pushed to its utmost limits by visual artists who focus on abstraction and formalism in their practice, despite the death of painting’s prevalence in aesthetic discourse.

Yet painting has neither died nor will it in the near future, as long as humanity continues to view the spatial world as colour through the usual lenses of subjectivism and perspective. The optical and emotional experience of colour and space through our senses will continue to create new experience despite dominant aesthetic ideologies. It’s in our makeup, our nerves, our somatic wiring to continually distinguish aesthetic newness within a seemingly defined chromatic spectrum. It is within these confidences that I continue to pursue my ambitions within chroma, space and texture. There are always unanticipated and emerging forces to discover and share within the abstract – often brought about by new techniques and risk as a painter. The so-called ‘death of painting’ cannot keep it’s hold when the subject is colour within space or even colour as space.

Light, as colour, is the substance of our world and experience – the oracle of a sacred reality we can tirelessly explore somatically and emotionally. It is often through our meditations on of space and colour that humanity can feel closest to what is an unattainable, infinite reality.