Tina Spratt

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Tina Spratt

United Kingdom

Tina Spratt (tinaspratt.com) is best known for her paintings of the female figure, either in oils or pastel, her subjects are often lost in introspection, or surrounded by the fascinating textures of a myriad of fabrics. “ I have always been drawn to the female figure in my work,” she has said, "and I have always been fascinated with capturing the realness of my subject, whether that’s a figure in a room setting or surrounded by interesting fabrics.

I don’t want to just represent it but somehow get underneath the skin of it, so I can feel the textures of the fabric and feel the mood of the person I’m painting. I think to truly be able to represent the simple everyday intimacy that I find so fascinating,  I need to immerse myself into making it feel as authentic as possible, then I can truly lose myself in a painting.

 I am fascinated with trying to capture the different emotions that are present in solitude, when we're more able to be at one with ourselves. I hope to portray my subject as vulnerable but also with strength. The fabrics further add to her femininity and compliment the underlying emotions in the painting, whilst indulging an ongoing interest I have in the collaboration between the two.”

With an emphasis on beautiful fabrics or domestic scenes , she is influenced by artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Spratt currently lives in Somerset, England, and studied BA(Hons ) Illustration at the University of Wolverhampton. She has three times been a finalist in the prestigious International ARC Salon Competition, and also been awarded ‘Honourable Mention’ in 2018, and awarded The ARC Staff Award in 2019, and is honoured to have taken part in the Live Arc Salon touring exhibition. She has also been the overall winner of the Pastel Journal Pastel 100 Competition, and is proud to be included in exhibitions and publications by PoetsArtists. She is represented by galleries in the UK and USA.

 

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