The scale and tranquillity of the works of Sydney-based artist Tanya Wales invite the audience to pause, to breathe, to feel.
Spurning the use of familiar reference points to elicit an emotional response, the flowing forms and fields of colour provoke deeply personal and diverse interpretations.
A confluence of techniques including pouring, transparent layers, fine brushwork and painterly marks are used to create an otherworldly narrative buoyed by a calm ambiguity and the illusion of simplicity. The multi-layered tension between colour and form provide the energy in each piece.
Responding intuitively to the varied techniques and processes, Wales engages with a considered combination of elements across a concurrent series of works, building a complex history within each piece that references its own process, the series, and a playful celebration of painting itself. Once completed, each work conveys the artist’s fascination with the fluid inevitability of life’s journey and with the paradox of knowing that despite all that has gone before all we ever really have is one perfect moment: the present.