• Tanya Sternberg

    South Africa

    Tanya Sternberg
    My ink line drawings on paper explore the relationship between people and how we move through space and time. The abstraction of these precise and contained figures question what pertains to us and how we merge into one another.
    • Artist Statement
      • My recent body of work is Entitled Spaces Within. It explores the intimate relationship between people. This work is made up of a series of ink and line drawings as well as very large-scale canvasses. Whilst the ink drawings are precise and contained, the paintings are large and overflowing. There is a definite rhythm and fluidity within the works. The body of work questions how we move through space and time. The abstraction of the figures asks the question of what belongs to us and how do we merge into each other. At what point do we stop and start. Most importantly, how do we affect each other?
    • Biography
      • Tanya Sternberg was born in Durban in 1977. She studied graphic design at the Ogilvy & Mather Red and Yellow School of Advertising and Design. She moved to Australia where she worked for Time Inc across their publications. On return to Cape Town she started her own design agency called Ink Design.

        Tanya has passionately painted with oil on canvas for the last 20 years and is currently exploring ink on paper. Her subject matter is broad and includes portrait, figurative and landscapes. She currently paints at the Spencer Street Studio and from her home studio.

        Tanya draws inspiration from her environment, the subtle interactions between people around her and above all her family. She currently resides in Cape Town with her husband and three children.
    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        I love the diversity of South African Art. Galia Gluckmans painting with paper.  Paul Senyal’s mixed media. Andrew Versters Mangrove Swamp paintings.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Robert Hodgins. His use of colour and space is electric. I find his subject matter disturbing and rewarding at the same time. 

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

        Andrew Verster Mangrove Swamp exhibition for the virbrancy of colour, texture and scale of the paintings. Mark Rothko Tate Gallery for there colour, space  and calm. 

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        From the worlds beauty. From peoples subtle interactions between each other.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        I always try paint with a sense of gratitude within myself.
         
        What do you like most about being an artist?
        The ability to express myself without using words.
         
        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        With much frustration but always with an attitude that tomorrow is another day:>

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        My greatest achievement is that my art gives me a sense of strength and calm which enables me to be a better mother, wife and person.
         
        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        I believe in Gandhi’s motto: “Be kind when possible. It is always possible.” One can change the world by grand gestures but equally importantly in minute subtle ways. I would like to be as generous as possible, be environmentally aware, be kind and gentle in all my interaction with fellow human beings.

        What are your plans for the coming year?

        To create a body of work reflecting my recent trip to the Delta.  To continue with my study in ink drawings of the body.
  • exposed landscape painting tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Exposed Landscape
    Painting / 120 x 120 cm
    $2,170
  • aerial: where day and night meet painting tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Aerial: Where Day And Night Meet
    Painting / 120 x 120 cm
    $2,120
  • falling up painting tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Falling Up
    Painting / 100 x 120 cm
    $1,940
  • shaded horizons painting tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Shaded Horizons
    Painting / 100 x 140 cm
    $2,150
  • aerial: intersecting paths painting tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Aerial: Intersecting Paths
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
    $1,070
  • journey through painting tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Journey Through
    Painting / 100 x 140 cm
    $2,150
  • aerial: abundance painting tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Aerial: Abundance
    Painting / 90 x 90 cm
    $1,410
  • aerial: generosity painting tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Aerial: Generosity
    Painting / 120 x 90 cm
    $1,710
  • pathways through time painting tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Pathways Through Time
    Painting / 50 x 50 cm
    $970
  • balance/harmony drawing tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Balance/Harmony
    Drawing / 59 x 42 cm
    $600
  • dawn or dusk drawing tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Dawn Or Dusk
    Drawing / 59 x 35 cm
    $600
  • tranquility drawing tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Tranquility
    Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
    $600
  • where heaven and earth meet painting tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Where Heaven And Earth Meet
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
    $1,030
  • calm lillies in turbulent waters  painting tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Calm Lillies In Turbulent Waters
    Painting / 240 x 180 cm
    $3,420
  • holding onto drawing tanya sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Holding Onto
    Drawing / 59 x 42 cm
    $600
  • aerial: passages through the night painting tanya sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Aerial: Passages Through The Night
    Painting / 120 x 120 cm
  • beneath the surface painting tanya sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Beneath The Surface
    Painting / 90 x 90 cm
  • unshackled drawing tanya sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Unshackled
    Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
  • shifting horizon painting tanya sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Shifting Horizon
    Painting / 120 x 120 cm
  • a moment fine art drawing tanya sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    A Moment
    Fine Art Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
  • grounded drawing tanya sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Grounded
    Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
  • self ink drawing tanya sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Self
    Ink Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
  • offering drawing tanya sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Offering
    Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
  • reflect ink drawing tanya sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Reflect
    Ink Drawing / 42 x 59 cm