I am a Ukrainian-born, Sydney based full time painter.
I express my thoughts and feelings through allegories. Roads, bikes, sails, birds and other objects in my paintings have symbolic meaning. A road can represent life journey. Wind is associated with anxiety and awaiting changes. A broken umbrella is telling a story of broken heart. Sailing is following or fighting for your dream. I like discovering new objects with “meaning” to use in my works, like a poet uses allegories.
Born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine, I became infected with the drawing virus at a very early age when I discovered on my parents' bookshelf a book of caricatures by Herluf Bidstrup, famous Danish artist/caricaturist. So my early experimentation with art was in drawing caricatures of my classmates, teachers and other locals. I studied painting at the Kiev Art School and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev State Institute of Arts with a degree in architecture. After graduation I worked as an architect and later changed my career into graphic design.
In 2000 I moved with my family to New Zealand. Inspired by Wellington's rolling hills, steep streets with small houses, sky and sea, I return to my passion, painting, began experimenting with different mediums and techniques (gouache, oil, collage in combination with watercolour and acrylic) to move away from the representational approach. I have participated in various group and solo exhibitions run in Wellington - WAG (Wellington Artist Group), Watercolour NZ, Academy of Fine Arts, South Coast Gallery and NZ Art Show.
My work is especially influenced by Post-Impressionist painters such as Cézanne and van Gogh. Landscape, a mixture of reality and fantasy, has always been my favourite subject, but recently I began plying with abstract figurative. Most of my works are based on first impression sketches and caricatures. I let them travel straight from my sketchbook onto a canvas with very little changes and corrections. In regards to colour - I should confess to a great love of green in all its shades. However there was a certain shift in my colour palette after moving to Australia in 2010.
My works can also be viewed on the NZ Art Show online gallery www.artshow.co.nz and on my new website www.tetyanasarts.com