Helen McCullagh

Tanya Chaitow

Tanya Chaitow is a painter who works with disruptive narrative and a lexicon of her own symbols. Through humour, fantasy and art history, her work becomes a personal odyssey with which to explore the human spirit and the fine distinction between fantasy and reality. Born in South Africa, Tanya Chaitow has an Honours degree in English literature and theatre from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

She immigrated in 1978, completing her Masters of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 2007. Tanya Chaitow’s practice draws on her interest in the theatre, storytelling and the theatrical. In 2007 she completed a residency at the Cité of Paris and returned for a second residency in 2010 to undertake research into the arts of mime and theatre. 

Tanya Chaitow has been  selected as a finalist in many prestigious art prizes on multiple occasions, the Dobell Prize for Drawing, the Blake Prize, the Mosman Art prize, the Salon des Refusees, the Fleurieu Art Prize, the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, The Fishers Ghost Art Award, the Kedumba Drawing Prize and the Stanthorpe Art Prize. 

Since graduation Tanya Chaitow has  exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions.  She has been represented by Stella Downer Fine Arts Gallery since 2004. Her work is represented in collections in Australia and overseas.


Selected Biography


2010           Residency at the Cite International des Arts Paris, France
2007           Masters of Fine Art, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
                   Residency at the Cite International des Arts Paris, France April – June
2006           Worked with the Bell Shakespeare Company during rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet
2003           New York Studio School Painting Marathon, Adelaide School of Art, Adelaide
2001           New York Studio School Painting Marathon, Adelaide School of Art, Adelaide
1998           Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, Sydney
1991           Diploma Fine Arts, Meadowbank TAFE, Sydney
1988-90      Ass. Diploma Fine Art, Meadowbank TAFE, Sydney
1979           Diploma of Education, Kuringai College of Advanced Education, NSW
1978           Bachelor Drama with Honours, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Solo Exhibitions
2016           A cup of sea to sail in Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
2014           Moonlighting with Ai WeiWei, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
2013           Moon Days, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
2011           Battle for the day before, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
2008           There’s A Moose In The Stairwell, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
2007           Nothing Personal, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
                   Master of Fine Art Exhibition, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, Sydney
2001           Cumulus, The Beatty Gallery, Sydney 2000 Jumprope, The Beatty Gallery, Sydney
                   Selected Group Exhibitions
2018           Stella Downer Fine Art Gallery Group show 12 June-7 July 2018
2017           Adelaide Perry Drawing prize, Adelaide Perry Gallery
                   A Stella Renaissance, Stella Downer Fine Art Gallery
2016           Chippendale New World Art Prize, Ng Gallery Chippendale
2015           Kedumba Drawing Prize
2015           Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, NSW
                   Chippendale New World Art Prize, Ng Gallery Chippendale
                   Gallery Artists, Stella Downer Fine Arts, Sydney
                   Lethbridge 10 000 Small scale art award Lethbridge Gallery Queensland
2014           Gallery Artists, Stella Downer Fine Arts, Sydney
                   Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2013           Fishers Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
                   Blake Prize, College of Fine Arts, Sydney
                   Gallery Artists, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
                   The North Sydney Art Prize, Coal Loader Centre, Sydney
                   Zoologica, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
2012           Fishers Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
                   Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
                   anim(us), Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
2011           The Dobell Prize for Drawing, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
                   Fleurieu Art Prize, Hardy’s Winery, McLaren Vale, SA
                   Waverly Woollahra Art Prize, Waverly Woollahra Art School, Sydney
                   Salon de Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
                   The Papermill, Sydney
2010           The Dobell Prize for Drawing, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
                   Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
                   Stanthorpe Art Festival, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Qld
                   Hunters Hill Art Prize, Sydney
2009           The Dobell Prize for Drawing, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
                   The Inaugural Blake Prize Directors Cut Exhibition, online exhibition
                   Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
                   Hunters Hill Art Prize, Sydney
2007           Weill Rooms at the Cite International des Arts, Paris, France
                   Willoughby Art Prize, Willoughby Council Chambers, Sydney
                   The 58th Blake Prize, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
2006           Art on the Rocks, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Gallery (Highly commended)
2005           Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
                   The Blake Prize, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney
2004           Blake Prize, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney
                   Works on Paper, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
                   Art on the Rocks, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Gallery
                   Celebrating Ten Years, The Beatty Gallery, Sydney
2002           Generation 2002, The Beatty Gallery, Sydney
                   New York Drawing Marathon, Adelaide
1999           Delicious: Showcase 1999, The Beatty Gallery, Sydney
                   New York Drawing Marathon, Adelaide
                   Alumni Exhibition, Kudos Gallery, Sydney
                   Willoughby Art Prize, Willoughby Council Chambers, Sydney
                   Hunters Hill Art Prize, Hunters Hill Town Hall, Sydney
1998           Fishers Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Sydney
                   Waverley Woollahra Art Prize, Sydney (Highly Commended)
                   Willoughby Art Prize, Willoughby Council Chambers, Sydney
                   Graduating Students Exhibition, College of Fine Arts Gallery

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2014           Moonlighting with Ai Weiwei, Tracey Clement Art Guide January/February
2013           Moon Days The Planner, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald. 6 December
                   Moon Days The Art Life, Sharne Wolff, 29 November
                   Michael Fitzgerald, ‘Open gallery’, Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 – 18 August
2012           ‘Zoologica’, etc, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 February 2012
                   Eleanor Pearson, ‘Arts ‘powerful whimsy’; Love of adopted Australian landscape inspires artist’s
                   work’, North Shore Times, 16 March, p.13
2011           Andrew Frost, ‘Animal Instincts’, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 April
                   Greg Doyle, Sydney Pundit ‘Tanya Chaitow @ Stella Downer Fine Art'
                   Danny Gocs, ‘Whimsical Artworks’, Artbeat, Australian Jewish News, 1 April
                   Hayley Morgan, ‘Tanya Chaitow, Battle for the day before’, TwoThousand 17 March
2010           Feature Artist, 15 July Kate Adams, ‘Tanya Chaitow’, Artist Profile, iss. 10, Summer
2009           John Mathews, ‘On the Dobell Prize 2009 @ AGNSW’, ArtKritique, 5 December
                   Christopher Allen, ‘Tumult captured on paper’, The Australian, 13 November
2008           Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Artnotes, Art Monthly, December – February
2007           Jo Higgins, Australian Art Collector, iss. 39, January – March The Planner, The SMH, March 3
2001           The Australian Jewish News, November 2000 The Australian Jewish News, July 7 1998 Craft Arts
                   International no. 43

 

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