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Tahnee Lonsdale's studio in Los Angeles, CA.
 
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Tahnee Lonsdale’s canvases reveal abstracted autobiographical narratives that investigate the dichotomies of contemporary womanhood. She explores the push and pull between the many roles of her public and private life, specifically the contrasting desires of women to be mother figures as well as sexual creatures, strong and powerful as well as soft and nurturing. Lonsdale’s works challenge her viewers to see women as complex and full humans that evade the flattening of one identity, and instead morph, shift, and spill into many roles simultaneously.

Tahnee Lonsdale
The Conversation, 2020
spray paint and oil on canvas
67 x 63 inches
170.18 x 160.02 cm

Tahnee Lonsdale holds a BA from the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. Since graduating in 2007, she has been short-listed for both the Dazed and Confused Emerging Artist Award and “100 Painters of Tomorrow.” Her work has been exhibited widely in her native Britain, as well as in the United States at venues such as the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, CA. Lonsdale currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Tahnee Lonsdale
The Joy of Life, 2020
spray paint and oil on canvas
55 x 50 inches
139.7 x 127 cm

Lonsdale’s creative process begins with preliminary sketching. She pulls from a mixture of found imagery: from Instagram and backdated magazines, to memories and her imagination. These sketches lead to the canvas where she often begins with spray paint and then turns to oil. Through this layering she builds a sense of history into each of her works, as well as a dreamlike quality to the spaces her figures inhabit. By layering figures and objects as she adds to each piece, she allows some figures to come through others and float on top of their surroundings. To Lonsdale, it is important to the emotion of the work for all the aspects of the painting to be close to the surface in thin layers and for the paintings to have a sense of life and history.
Lonsdale's current body of work, Something Other Than This is on view in De Buck Gallery's online viewing room.
 
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Listen: In the studio with Tahnee Lonsdale
To explore the works in this collection further, visit our gallery's youtube channel to hear Tahnee Lonsdale discuss her works from her studio. 
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Additional available works

Tahnee Lonsdale
Big Spoon, Little Spoon, 2019
Spray paint and oil on canvas
70 x 64 inches
177.8 x 162.6 cm

Tahnee Lonsdale
Not Sorry, 2019
Spray paint and oil on canvas
70 x 64 inches
177.8 x 162.6 cm

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