Tarryn Jade

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Tarryn Jade is an artist with skills far beyond her eighteen years. We first met her at last month’s Pacific Palms Art Show and were touched by her works. Tarryn speaks with Focus about her passion for the paintbrush.

Hi Tarryn. You have upcoming exhibitions in the area, and it seems you are quite in demand. How are you enjoying the success of your art work?

It’s really exciting, because I’ve always loved art and thinking artistically, but it wasn’t until I finished the HSC last year that I found the time to focus on developing that kind of thinking into a physical medium.

Meeting other artists and being able to show my work to an audience has been a rewarding thing. I think I am lucky to have that opportunity.

How long have you been painting for?

I first had an obsession with shape and shadow at the age of 3, walking around my nanna’s house using a paint brush dipped in water to paint on random objects (even the cat). Then two years ago, while beginning year 11, I discovered I had a great love for oil paint … and so it began.

What goes through your mind as you are working?

I think about everything and nothing at the same time. When I’m painting a portrait, it isn’t so much about painting a person as it is about painting a character, an emotion or a nature.

So I think about these things quite a bit, along with trying to portray the human peculiarities that everybody has.

My most productive painting hours are between 12am and 4am in the morning. It’s when the air is the stillest and little brothers and sisters are asleep. I can really concentrate on letting my mind wander into places that don’t exist in the day time.

Would you describe your style as realism?

I adore the great realist masters of portrait painting, like Rembrandt and Da Vinci. I’m obsessed with the beauty in their lighting and gesture. In a sense, realism is the foundation of my painting. The concepts in my work can be seen as based around surrealist ideas.

But I don’t like to think about genres, styles and categorising; it often confuses me and blinds me from what I really want to do. All art influences what I paint and the way I paint in completely different ways. Some may not even be visible.

Do you think that art is a natural gift or it’s something that can be learned …

Anyone has the ability to turn a thought into something that can be presented as art. I just think that there are people who naturally like to think about life in that way more often.

What/who are some of your inspirations?

There are too many to count. Beautiful things inspire me, ugly things inspire me, sad things inspire me. Music, poetry, art, film, science, love. Lately I’ve been intensely fixated on Odilon Redon, who was an artist who focused purely on using his subconscious to create his works.

I think it’s so beautiful to be able to look at a painting and see the very inner workings of a human mind. It’s something that I’ve been working on – reflecting a place of no-mind, from intuition to reflect the sense of self in a portrait of another person.

But whether I’m painting or not, I have a powerful interest in humanity. Even when I’m not painting, I’m still analysing people. People interest me.

When you are not focusing on your artwork, what could we find you doing?

Mostly listening to music. I don’t really have any other hobbies other than painting. Everything I do is related to art, whether it be reading a book or watching a movie.

Where do you hope the art journey takes you?

I have no expectations. I just want to keep learning and bettering myself.

Any chance of Archibald Prize?

Maybe next year … If I can get Cate Blanchett or Germaine Greer to sit for me, haha!

Thank you Tarryn.

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