BIO +
ARTIST STATEMENT

Monique Tyacke, Sydney Australia

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BIO

I am an Australian Artist living in Collaroy, Sydney. I received my Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree from The University of Sydney - Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) in 1993.

After graduating from SCA, I moved to New York City for almost 10 years. I participated in Summer Residencies at both New York Academy of Art (NYAA) and the School of Visual Arts (SVA) whilst also selling my paintings and drawings on the streets of Soho. Hard work showing my art portfolio in numerous galleries resulted in a few solo & group exhibitions, arts festivals, and art fairs. I also painted commissions which hang in private art collections worldwide.

I moved back to Sydney in 2003 and started a family. It was important for me to enjoy my children as much as possible as they grew up, only painting when I had time here and there.

Now, I have a big, bright, huge studio outside of my home that I share with a fellow artist. I create every day, whether it be drawing, painting or taking photographs. I exhibited for three and a half years at Sydney Road Gallery as one of the founding members. I am currently painting for 2 solo exhibitions within the next year.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work explores tone and colour, usually drawing from my own travel photographs. I like to simplify details, stripping away unnecessary information to get the essence of form while still leaving enough of a tonal representation for the viewer to interpret the painting in an engagingly graphic way.

 

I tend to lean towards bold colours mixed with pops of unusual colours here and there. My style is sometimes referred to as a "cutout" style or "hard edge" painting, where all the colours are painted without blending into the colour next to it.

My subject matter varies from landscapes to oceans and the human form within these landscapes.

I am influenced by artists like Matisse, Alex Katz, KAWS, Keith Haring and the colours used by the artists of the early 20th century.