Two quince fruit on a silver platter by Tanja Moderscheim

Dutch paintings

17th century Haarlem faience plates by Tanja Moderscheim


Wapen van Leiden by Tanja Moderscheim


Lobster by Tanja Moderscheim

Classical technique and style

Three Figs by Tanja Moderscheim

Attention to Detail

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Haarlem faience plate with artichoke by Tanja Moderscheim


Dutch still life and culinary paintings using classical technique, by London-based artist Tanja Möderscheim

Tanja Möderscheim is a Dutch painter based in London. She paints still life paintings using classical technique and style. Her close attention to detail and anatomy in her Dutch still life paintings, driven by her background in science, is a nod to the renewed interest in taxonomy during the Dutch Golden Age. Her paintings are simple and calm.

She divides her time between painting for exhibitions, painting commissioned pieces and working on two ongoing projects: culinary and cultural heritage.

Her culinary heritage project is about celebrating artisan and local food produce. As part of this she collaborated with the BBC Food and Farming Awards and is  currently working with chefs Lise and Eric of Bon Fond, profiling artisans in the French countryside. Working with artisans, she brings out the best of their products in paint.

For her cultural heritage project she paints series of Dutch historical tulips. She sources 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century tulip bulbs from the gene bank Hortus Bulborum in Holland and grows these in her garden. A newsletter showing some of these paintings can be read here.

Key exhibitions include the Mall Galleries, London (RBA, SWA) and Affordable Art Fair (Otomys Gallery). Her work is also shown by Aubergine Art Gallery, Wimbledon.

For upcoming exhibitions please scroll down or visit the exhibition page.

Paintings currently for sale: available paintings.

For enquiries including commissions or just to have a chat please email or use the contact form.

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For the next chapter in her culinary heritage project, Tanja has started a collaboration with chefs Lise and Eric of BonFond. Lise and Eric travel to ‘discover the abundance of France through sustainable farming and French savoir-faire’. As a celebration of the artisans they meet, a new series of oil paintings will showcase their produce, starting with Breton pig from Charcuterie Hélibert, a top-20 charcutier in France. Other planned paintings include southern French pastries, Mount St Michel Bay oysters, Corsican chicken and Loire Valley vegetables. Below is a detail of the progress of the first painting, Charcuterie Hélibert:

Sharpening Steel Olivier Helibert

Olivier Hélibert’s Sharpening steel, in progress, detail painting

Charcuterie Helibert by Tanja Moderscheim

Breton ham, in progress, detail painting

Below is the first painting in a new series featuring Roman pottery: two black slip ware bowls dating to the second century AD. These bowls were produced in north-west Europe.

Black slipware bowls 2nc C AD

Black slip ware bowls, 2nd century AD, oil on fine linen, 40cm x 40cm

The latest painting exploring the abstract forms of silver objects; use the contact form to enquire/reserve.

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Silver salt and pepper, oil on fine linen, 13.5cm x 18cm

Looking for a beautiful art card to send to a friend? Gold gift boxes, 10 cards per box including envelopes (£30) can be ordered here.

art cards by Tanja Moderscheim

Tulips may only flower in April to May, but it’s always tulip painting season in the studio, ideally using live flowers during the flowering season, but later in the year using the new library of photos taken. Tanja’s paintings feature Dutch historical tulips spanning the 16th to the 19th centuries. She grows the tulips from bulbs sourced from the gene bank Hortus Bulborum, Holland.

Read more about the historical Dutch tulip project in the recent newsletter.  Below are two examples of the paintings:

Dutch heritage tulips by Tanja Moderscheim

Dutch Heritage Tulips, oil on linen, 20cm x 40cm

Duc van Tol Rood en Geel (1595) by Tanja Moderscheim

Duc van Tol Rood en Geel (1595), oil on wood, 10cm x 18cm

For available works see the listing of currently available paintings.

Dutch Oils Art also feature monthly in House and Garden and recently in World of Interiors.

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Upcoming Exhibitions


Surrey Contemporary Art Fair, 15-17 March, Esher

Newbury Contemporary Art Fair, 10-12 May, Newbury

The Game Fair, 26-28 July, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire


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