A Generous Space 2, New Art Gallery Walsall
Studio 1.1, London; This Years Model
'WomXn' curated by Jo Baring and Beth Greenacre, Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, London
Tamsin Morse studied at The Slade, London and Chelsea College of Art
New Art Gallery Walsall, Anita Zubludowicz, Timothy Taylor, University of the Arts, The Open University
Select exhibitions include:
Coleman Projects London, One in the Other, London, and group exhibitions - The Future Can Wait, Sobel, Gallerist, Istanbul Biennale 2007, Between A Rock and a Hard Place, Rove Projects, London; Territory, Arts Gallery, London; Jerusalem, Dean Clog Gallery, London.
Curated Projects include:
Tales of Hoffman, London and Gatsby, London.
I create narrative compositions drawing on colour, symbolism, metaphor, animism, literature, history, art history and contemporary life to convey social and moral paradox in an unbalanced world. Using a particular palette mixed specifically to convey the balance between beauty and toxicity to reflect the conflict and moral dilemma conveyed in the narrative and our apathy at taking convention for granetd. In much the same way as colour has historically been selected for its aesthetic qualities and reflection of status and self-value, such a choice has left behind a legacy of poisoning through being applied to the face, to the walls, to clothing, in pursuit of vibrancy and richness. We think of Scheeles Green (arsenic), Titanium and leads, cadmium reds and yellows all used as wall paint; lead white makeup on faces, vermillion (mercury) on lips and cheeks, and charcoal on the eyes; cobalt blue, and vermillion in clothing and walls, to name but a few. By using such bright, rich colours, I am highlighting that the bright and the beautiful can also contain the most danger, where the beauty and the toxic sit in parallel. I am conveying calmness and violence; appeal and repeal and reflecting the hypocrisies we are compounded by daily and our pursuit of immediacy at the expense of the bigger picture.
The paintings do not offer a solution to the complex issues, but allude to the contradictory state of man. The paintings highlight prejudice; on an individual scale, in an historical sense, by State, through misogyny, by the church, by humans on the world, and our double standards in dealing with this. By referencing religion and mythology in the composition, I demonstrate the horror that this has not changed, particularly poignant in a world of conflict where national identity is dangerously on the rise again.
It has always been the role of an artist to make people rethink and reposition their alignment with things they take for granted, but with the hyper commercialisation of the world, and the art world, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for artists who speak out through their work and move away from conventional aesthetics of easier subject matters. I have been working committedly, long and hard for decades to find my voice during periods of submission to ‘what women should paint’, through childcare and domestic legacy, and my painting is a lifeline to my positioned silence in any other professional world. I look to vital opportunities such as the Hopper Prize to support artists like myself who don’t fit the conventional mould of beauty in their art, who can make a brave statement to support artists who have demonstrated skill and dedication to their work over a sustained period of time despite limited returns and support.
After a BA at the Slade, and an MA at Chelsea, I exhibited throughout the UK and beyond, being represented by One in the Other gallery, London before taking some time away from the studio to raise a family. Recent exhibitions: Studio 1.1 London (This Years Model), New Art Gallery Walsall, A Generous Space 2 (Selected by Stephen Snoddy), WomXn with Fair art Fair at Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, by Jo Baring and Beth Greenacre; Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021. Collections include The New Art Gallery Walsall (purchased through a Generous Space 2), The Zabludowicz Collection, Timothy Taylor, The Open University and The University of the Arts, London, as well as many other private collections.