DUTCH ARTIST

Culinary and still life paintings using classical technique by Dutch artist Tanja Möderscheim (London)

I celebrate the beauty of fruits, food produce, tableware, flowers and culinary heritage in my paintings, which are produced in a classical style using classical painting techniques common in 17th Century Holland. My oil paintings, set in the context of a stillness or silence to convey a meditative state, reflect a close observation of detail and anatomy which is driven by my background in science. At the same time this is a nod to the renewed interest in taxonomy during the Dutch Golden Age. A connection to my Dutch heritage is important to me as an expat abroad (London). I also explore another form of heritage- culinary heritage – through working with artisan food producers, profiling their produce in paint which shows their passion in a new light.

I exhibit regularly in between painting to commission and working on projects celebrating culinary heritage (see the February 2016 blog post and BBC Food and Farming awards). I also teach still life painting workshops.

Key exhibitions include the Mall Galleries, London.

Inspiration

Dutch Masters active during the first half of the 17th-Century Golden Age, working in the “ontbijt” or “breakfast” genre: e.g., Pieter Claesz. (c. 1597 – 1660), Willem Claesz Heda (c. 1593– c. 1682), Jan Jansz Treck (c1606 – 1652), Osias Beert (1580-1623). Handling of light and a subdued palette. Painters of more recent times: Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin,and Henri Fantin-Latour.

Technique: traditional technique involving grounding, dead-colouring, working up and glazing. Paintings on fine-weave linen or wood.

Composition: expressing a sense of calm, stillness and atmosphere through the use of ample space, design, harmony and simple colour schemes.

Bringing still life into J.M.W Turner’s House in Twickenham before the renovation (October 2015)