From time to time, we add a new discovery to our galleries' portfolio, and we are happy to say that we are currently showing 2 works by canadian artist Mandy Tsung in our showroom. Both works are on display at the gallery (please make an appointment) as well as in our online-gallery (link).
Mandy was actually staying at our gallery and the accompanying studio of The Alex Diamond Mining Company for a few days earlier this month, together with her partner, fellow artist Choplogic, so we had some time to find out what the hype is all about...
Mandy Tsung was born in Banff, Canada. In 2007, she graduated with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design, where she majored in Sculpture. Since then, she has apprenticed under the abstract painter James Wyper, and has also learned the fine craft of kaleidoscope-making at ,Movement into Grace‘. In 2009, Mandy moved to Vancouver to pursue a full-time career as an artist. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries across the United States and Canada.
About her art, Mandy says:
"My work lies in the realm of figurative Surrealism and centers around the depiction of women who exude a strong sense of self, who are emotionally complex and yet vulnerable. Having been exposed to various depictions of women in the art and literature of my childhood, and now grown into a critical thinker, I am both influenced by, and critical of, the plenitude of imagery that surrounds me in everyday life.
My paintings offer a counter-point to the outward search for identity that exemplifies popular culture today - where we are lured to find ourselves in the commodities and media we consume. The subjects in my work resonate with that ineffable quality of self-awareness and empowerment which we all seek, without being surrounded by the merchandise that popular culture would have us believe is the source. The ethereal spaces from which they emerge are rooted in natural forms, but made surreal or abstract in order to move away from the recognizable into something unexpected and transformative.
The viewer is engaged to think more deeply about the person they see and perhaps they will discover something about themselves in the process. In creating paintings like this, I hope to inspire the viewer to discover within themselves the same energy they perceive in my work."