DUTCH ARTIST

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

I celebrate food produce, tableware, flowers and culinary heritage in my still life oil paintings, which are produced in a classical style using techniques common in 17th-century Holland. My paintings are set in the context of space and stillness to convey a meditative state – I’m trying to paint silence.

The close observation of detail and anatomy, driven by my background in science, is a nod to the renewed interest in taxonomy during the Dutch Golden Age.

Heritage is important to me: as a connection to my Dutch roots as an expat abroad, but also in my exploration of other forms of heritage – for example culinary – 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 (e.g., painting local produce and culinary heritage, BBC Food and Farming awards). I also teach still life painting workshops.

Key exhibitions include the Mall Galleries and Affordable Art Fair (Otomys Gallery), 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, Henri Fantin-Latour and Claudio Bravo.

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)

Quote at an exhibition in 2018: “Your paintings are so still, they make a sound. They speak to you”