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Tahnee Lonsdale

Byam Shaw School of Art (BA Fine Art / 2007)


What is your favourite film of all time?

Donnie Darko

What music are you currently listening to and why?

laura Marling

Camera Obscura

Bon Iver


Joni Mitchel

Best Coast

Real Estate


chilled out summery tunes to paint to.

Which living artists do you most admire and why?

Rose Wylie

Eddie Martinez


Both painters but very different. i love Eddies application of paint and Rose's naivety.

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

Twombly, Basquiat, Hieronymus Bosch - colour, emotion, madness!

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

Francesca Lowe at Riflemaker -  i love the gallery and her work was beautiful, very inspirational.

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

what does the text say/mean?

i OFTEN CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT I'VE written, it's usually a stream of sub-conscious thought, sentences form a book, notes-to-self, random thoughts and questions to self. often written in charcoal, they sometimes fade away so much it's hard to make out what they say.

What / who inspired you to be an artist?

it's all i've ever wanted to do, can't remember the moment i decided this, it just happened.

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?

in a studio at Great Western Studios. it's very local to where i live, which is important. My studio is pretty small and i share it with someone to make it more affordable. i would love somewhere cheaper and bigger but i have so many friends there and there's such a sense of community that i don't think i could ever move.

What do you like most about being an artist?

making art.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

being able to just be an artist and not have to have another job as well. 

What are your plans for the coming year?

to make a new series of paintings, have a number of group shows, and work towards another solo show.

Latest artwork - View all by this artist

  • Helmet Head - PRINT
  • Search For The Holy Grail
  • Funnel Factory
  • Setteeville
  • Darlinghood
  • DarlingVille #2
  • DarlingVille #3
  • DarlingVille
  • Punch And Gladstone #10
  • Mask #5
  • Masks #4
  • Masks #3
  • Robot Soldier
  • Masks #2
  • Family Portrait
  • Mask #1
  • Wind-Up Bird (part 1) - PRINT
  • Bear Is My Only Comfort - PRINT
  • Robot and His Wind-Up Bird
  • The Kiss - PRINT
  • Dis-Mem-Ber - PRINT
  • The Pool - PRINT
  • Wind-Up Bird (part 2) - PRINT

Artist's statement

Tahnee Lonsdale is a painter of vibrant landscape abstractions. Her compositions are constructed through blocks of colour applied directly onto board or canvas, while the surface is reworked as she removes and adds depths and layers of paint and mark making. Tiny illustrations and ambiguous text is overlaid in pencil with animal and robitic motifs that remain almost hidden; here and there odd sayings and internal thoughts are revealed. The overall effect is subtly startling, for Lonsdale creates work that is engaging and dynamic as one follows form and colour constantly shifting from foreground to background.

Her most recent series of paintings ,Impressions of a Wind-Up Bird is drawn from the title of the novel by Murakami. Indeed, there is a strong connection between the series of paintings and the acclaimed Japanese writer through an overwhelming sense of narrative and the creation of an imagined world; a world where the inhabitants are often lost and lonely. Lonsdale’s figures are isolated and solitary – akin to Murakami’s characters – who are alienated even within their own land.

Good artists will always be inspired and draw inspiration from others, and Lonsdale is no exception. Here, her text and graphics remind us of Basquiat, while the patterning of the pictorial plain has references to Paul Klee and an expressive quality to that of Cy Twombly.

Lonsdale is obviously a young talent to watch. She has a clearly defined aesthetic and the ability to produce beautiful pieces that resonate with a sincere internal narrative, perhaps tinged with sadness. “Loneliness and melancholy are ever looming in my work,” she states, “the lost and lone bear looking into the depths of a forest, a single character gazing up in a large paintscape.” These are, of course, allusions to profound metaphysical subjects.

Her paintings are quietly compelling. The palette is bold and the compositions assured. The graphics, text and marks are all details there to capture and subsume the viewer into the work. With Lonsdale, the closer we look, the more we discover.


  2012 Trafalgar Park Arts, Exhibition of Contemporary Artists

2012 'Imprint', Serpentine Gallery Centre for Possible Studies

2011 'London Calling', OCCCA, California

2011 The Other Art Fair, Southbank, London

2011 'Impressions Of A Wind-Up Bird', solo show, The Hempel, London

2011 ‘Literal.Eyes’ London Miles Gallery, London May 12- 16th

2011 ‘MOMAC’ Pop-up, Gloucester

2011 ‘Debut Contemporary’, London


2010 ‘ArtBeat’ Pop-Up, London

2010 ‘ArtBeat’ London Fashion Week, London

2010 ‘Art Boutique’, Bath

2010 ‘Lloyd Gill Gallery’, Weston-Super-Mare

2010 ‘Oh! de Toilette’, Queen of Hoxton, London 


2009 ‘Scouting For Art’, Folk Showrooms, London

2009 ‘METROPOLIS’, London


2008 ‘RANK ART’, Art Auction, London

2008 ‘Studio 115’, London

2008 ‘Commander Exhibition Room’, London

2008, ‘Turf Gallery’, London

2008 ‘UNIT Gallery’, Soho, London


2007 ‘VCCP’, London

2007 ‘Finewel Gallery’, London

Recently sold artwork

  • Echo Park
  • A Forest Where My Street Was
  • Dolls Day City
  • The Pool
  • Robots
  • Bear Is My Only Comfort
  • Kafka's Forest Duplex