Artist of the Month: Tania Rutland
1 How long have you been at Phoenix?
I’ve had a studio at the Phoenix for 20 years. I started in the basement and have gradually moved up the building to my present studio on the 3rd floor.
2. What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve been working on a series of drawings of the landscape near and around the Black Mountains in South Wales. It’s the type of landscape that holds a fascination for me, it has a long history of industry within it, with the mining industry and agricultural workings imprinted onto it.
3. Which media do you like to use?
My primary medium is oil painting. I also work within the printmaking process of etching. I approach the etchings in a similar way to that of the way I produce my paintings – layering of tone/paint. I achieve this through the procedure of ‘spit-biting’ the plate, building up painterly like washes. Drawing is always my starting point to all of my paintings/etchings and has forever been of great joy to me, it’s also like an old companion for when I’m stuck creatively!
4. Which other artists do you admire?
Corot is a particular favourite, but to be honest the list is very long and varied from the tranquil beauty of Rebecca Salter’s work, genius of Rembrandt, to the inventiveness of Prunella Clough, to name but a few.
5. What would you recommend to go see?
Without doubt – William Kentridge, unfortunately the exhibition has just finished at the Whitechapel Gallery, but will be at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester in 2018 – well worth a visit. He’s such an inventive artist, seeing his use of so many different mediums with such aptitude and artistry was absolute delight. I came away thinking I wanted to take up animation – of course I haven’t.
6. Is there a piece of work you’re particularly proud of?
It’s not so much a piece but rather a body of work. It was the series of paintings and etchings I produced in 2015 for the show I had at the Hicks Gallery. The work was impart a response to what was happening in my life at that time (with regards to my work this had never happened before), it was the most cathartic work I’ve produced.
For more about Tania, see her website.
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