Turning real landscape into abstraction, my paintings are soft atmospheres made through technical use of colour and light. Inspired by the geology of the coast, I create precise drawings with a creative and changed reality in the line and pattern. Working between these contrasts of paint and pencil the art evolves, like a science.
All my images try to combine the changing view of the sea with hints of the physical structures of cliffs, bedding and eroded rock formations. To create an impression of something familiar yet out of reach, landscape with overwhelming sensations of light or space. Most of my artwork is based on travels around the British coastline, with the occasional foray to American shores.
I like to combine approaches from art and science, because both fascinate me. Like classical and quantum mechanics, I think art and science are just two sides of the same coin. Both are creative, experimental, changing, curious and trying to find ways to express the things around us.
Photograph by Andrew Shaylor
Portrait photograph (top right) by Theo Albanis
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tina Mammoser, b. 1970
I was born in Chicago, moved to Scotland in my early 20s, and became a British citizen in my 40s. When moved to London I studied painting and printmaking privately with an artist in Greenwich. My academic background (and present; I have an enduring love of academia!) is both in the sciences and art. My university qualifications include geology, physics, human development, and Shakespeare. I now work from my studio on the English coast at Scarborough, North Yorkshire, with my studio "helper" Mort the bearded dragon.
An American-born British artist, I identify very strongly with the British tradition for landscape and seascape painting while still retaining a certain "midwestern" eye for landscape with flat perspective and vast open spaces.
The paintings have been shown at galleries across the country and are collected internationally. I’ve had to honour to exhibit with the Pastel Society, Royal Society of Marine Artists, the National Maritime Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, at the Derwent Art Prize, and galleries on Cork Street. Projects have included astronomy drawing workshops with the Essex Wildlife Trust, a drawing residency on the New Jersey coast, painting residency on the Newfoundland coast, and time at the National Maritime Museum using their historic Camera Obscura.
I am a listed artist in the UK on AXIS (www.axisweb.org.uk), a member of DACS and member of the Geologists’ Association.
Photograph @ Theo Albanis, 2014
PUBLICATIONS and INTERVIEWS (click links to read)Scenes of Art & Science; 2015
"The influence of [Barnett] Newman on Tina Mammoser's paintings relies primarily on her visual experience of his sublime paintings, rather than on the mystical artistic process developed by Newman in response to his reevaluation of the European pseudo-mystical tradition of sublime painting to which she continues to contribute. The arousal of an aesthetic feeling of sublimity in a spectator of one of Mammoser's paintings nevertheless permits this artwork to fulfill Rothko and Newman's joint declaration that art should be 'an adventure into an unknown world which can be explored only by those willing to take the risks."
--Stephen Baycroft, "On Sublimity and Synaesthesia"
"Just wanted to follow up and say how thrilled we are to have your works in our little Brixton home. We actually missed them when we were away for the night, and it was such a delight to come home to see them hanging on our wall! They are just exactly what we were looking for: peaceful, complex, beautiful pieces."
--B., Collector, UK
"I get lost in them. I've noticed some pretty complex and deliberate layering of color, all to beautiful effect, in the paintings I already own and, I feel, the colors and quality of light in these new paintings are just as compelling, maybe even more so."
--Paul Mungai, Collector, USA
"Its stunning simplicity, and color field work harken back to Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and Gene Davis, but with a new contemporary flair that seems to fit the times. While not a classically trained artist, she has mastered the use of color in a very sophisticated way."
--Ruth Robertson, USA
SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS
Please see the Events page
Aug 2016, "Light", Grejczik Gallery, Scarborough
Feb 2016, "Sea & Stone", Grejczik Gallery, Scarborough
July 2015, "Dogger", Grejczik Gallery, Scarborough
Mar 2012, "Testing the Sublime Limits of Vision", NoFormat Gallery, London
Mar 2010, “Dark”, Paul McPherson Gallery, Greenwich, London
Apr 2009, “2.73 Miles”, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
Sept 2008, The English Coast Project paintings, Dartforms Arms, with ArtDog
Mar 2007, “Gold, silver and sea”, Lomas, Crouch End London
Sep 2006, “Cinescapes”, film inspired landscapes series for Greenwich Picturehouse’s first anniversary programme, artist introduction to screening of My Summer of Love
Oct 2005, “Horizons”, Barbican Art Library
Oct 2004, “Defined Undefined”, Stark Gallery London
Jul 2004, “Purple Landscapes”, feature at Skylark 2 Gallery
Dec 2003, “Colour of Space”, Limelight Gallery
Jan 2003, “From the Quaggy to Lake Michigan”, Blackheath Halls
Aug 2002, “Tidal”, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Mar 2002, “Living Water”, The Studio, Beckenham
Oct 2001, “Tides & Textures”, Stark Gallery, Lee Green, London
Selected group and juried exhibitions
Jan 2017, To Please a Few, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
Feb 2017, Two woman exhibition in support of HLGBT York, John Cooper Theatre
Aug/Sep 2016, Moors & Coast, Summer Open Show, Woodend Creative, Scarborough
July 2016, Platform Arts Open, Morphets of Harrogate, Harrogate
July 2016, Whitby Art Fair, Whitby
Sep 2015, Wish You Were Here, Woodend Creative, Scarborough
Aug 2015, Light, Grejczik Gallery, Scarborough for UNESCO Int'l Year of Light
June 2015, 3 Views, Grejczik Gallery, Scarborough
Feb 2015, Coastival, 2-artist drawing installation, Scarborough Studios
Jan-Mar 2015, East Coast Open, Scarborough
Nov 2014, Drawing: The Probity of Art, Palace Hub Gallery, Redcar
Oct 2014, Affordable Art Fair, with Cobalt Fine Arts, London
Mar 2014, Spring Exhibition, Blackheath Gallery, London
Oct 2013, Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX, USA
Oct 2013, Home: Contemporary Female Masters, Sofia Gallery, Bulgarian Embassy, London
Oct 2013, Affordable Art Fair, with Cobalt Fine Arts, London
Sep 2013, Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London
Jan 2013, AmericanBrits, two-artist show, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London
2008-2013 Various seasonal group exhibitions, Blackheath Gallery
2008-2012 Annual Cork Street Open Exhibition for Charity, The Gallery on Cork Street
Mar-Apr 2011 Venice, Blackheath Gallery
Dec-Jan 2011 Quay Arts Open, Isle of Wight
May 2010 Dulwich Open House, represented by ArtDog London
April 2010 South London Women Artists, Bankside Gallery, London
July 2008 Coastlines, group show at Masham Gallery
Dec 2007 London Lesbian Artists, Pierre Garroudi Gallery, London Bridge
Sept 2007 Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander / Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition
Jun-Jul 2007 Summer Exhibition, Stark Gallery Canterbury
Mar 2007 “Coastlines”, Artshed Gallery, Dorest
Jul 2006 Summer Exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Jul 2006 Salon des Refuses, Jeannie Avent Gallery, Dulwich
Spring 2006 “Bliss”, Will’s Art Warehouse
Jan 2005 "New Discoveries", Great Expectations Gallery
Fall 2004 “Escape”, Will’s Art Warehouse
Fall 2004 Autumn exhibition, Stark Gallery Canterbury
July 2003 “Pride in the House”, Lauderdale House
Oct 2002 Royal Society of Marine Artists, Mall Galleries
Feb 2002 Pastel Society, Mall Galleries
2001 “A Sea of Faces”, Queen’s House, National Maritime Museum
Residencies and Projects
Apr 2015 Colour in Art and Planets, Hubble 25th Anniversary talk, EWT Thurrock Thameside
2013-2014 Series of Astronomy and Art talks, Essex Wildlife Trust, Thurrock Thameside
Jan 2012 Artist in Residence, Ocean Grove, NJ, USA, sponsored by collector
Feb 2002 Artist in Residence, Pouch Cove, Newfoundland
Mar 2002 Camera Obscura project and exhibition, Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Other selected events & fairs
Affordable Art Fair, London (2002-4, 2008, 2011, 2013)
Urban Art, Deptford (2003-2012)
Second Floor Studio & Art, Open studios (2010-2012)
Featured in “FaceJacker”, Channel 4, filmed in Blackheath Gallery
Fulham Palace Art Fair (2010, 2011)
Greenwich Open Studios (2008, 2009)
The Northern Art Fair, Harrogate (2008)
Chelsea Art Fair (2008)
Charity art auction in benefit of The Medical Foundation (torturecare.org) (2008)
National Society Annual Exhibition, Whitely’s, London (2001-2005)
Lee Green Open Studios, London (2001-2007)
Glasgow Art Fair (2004, 2005)
Art Ireland (2003-2005)
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
2012 Diploma in Geology, Open University
2006 BSc (Open degree) Physics, Open University
1997-1999 Private study, tutor Annette Johnson, Greenwich, London
City Lit, London Various short courses including life drawing, life painting, printmaking
Morley College, London Various short courses including printmaking and egg tempera painting
Blackheath Conservatoire, Various short courses including portrait workshop with Humphrey Ocean and year course in abstract seascapes
2006 MPhil (Honours) Publishing Studies, University of Stirling
2005 MPhil Shakespeare Textual Studies, University of Dundee
2004 PGDip (Honours) English Literature, University of Dundee
1991 BSc (College Honors) Human Development, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
2013 Commission of several new works for redesign of Tokyo Marriott Hotel
2013 Commission for public mural and interactive displays, Essex Wildlife Trust / DP World Port, Collaboration as part of The Shadow Cabinet.
2012 Corporate commission, series of paintings for Auria Group Accountants, London. Collaboration as part of The Shadow Cabinet.
2009 Private commission of large painting created for "Victorian Lady" historic house in Chicago, IL, USA
2004 Second Prize, London City Airport art competition
2002 Aya Broughton Painting Prize, Highly Commended, National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers
2001 First Prize, National Maritime Museum art exhibition
2001 Aya Broughton Painting Prize, Highly Commended, National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers
2000 Third Prize, National Maritime Museum art exhibition
All images and content on this website is copyright to Tina Mammoser, 2000-2014. All rights are reserved, including distribution, reproduction and licensing rights. The right of Tina Mammoser to be identified as the author of this work and these images has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.