Tanya Ling


oil on linen
40 1/4 x 29 5/8 inches, framed

Using a pared down vocabulary of line and color, London-based Tanya Ling builds up the space of a painting brushstroke by brushstroke. Her compositions vary within this framework, and the energy of her surfaces appears in a dense formation of knotted lines as well as carefully layered straight lines, see here in Draco (Dragon) Away Away. Though entirely abstract, the work hints at a landscape through the deep blues and greens that form the background and the golden yellows at the center. Ling received a degree from Central Saint Martins, London in 1989 prior to a career in the Parisian fashion industry. Upon her return to the UK, Ling, along with her husband William, opened the contemporary art gallery Bipasha Ghosh. In 1996, she held her first exhibition of drawings in artist Gavin Turk’s studio on the Charing Cross Road, London. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at Taipei Dangdai; Harper’s, Los Angeles and East Hampton; NADA Miami; and Mayor Gallery, London. Over 50 of Ling’s works have been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum Prints and Drawings collection, in addition to a collection of paintings and sculptures acquired by Damien Hirst’s Murderme collection.