Tina Spratt is an award-winning artist, exhibiting internationally. Her studio is currently based in Somerset, UK, and she has been working professionally for the past 17 years. She has a particular interest in portraying the female figure, and a speciality in rendering fabrics.
Tina Spratt was born in Somerset, England in 1976. She graduated with a Bachelors in Illustration in 1998, ultimately forgoing illustration to pursue her passion for figure drawing and painting. Tina's work really caught the public imagination in 2000, when she had a solo show in Bristol. Within a week she had sold a total of 27 Pastels and Oils she was contacted by local TV and radio, and the local press published their interview. Tina went on to find gallery representation in London, where she took part in many successful exhibitions.
“I am interested in capturing that fleeting time when a person is unaware of being observed, there is something very honest and private about that moment. I hope to portray a sense of ambiguity for the viewer to arrive at their own conclusions and evoke an emotional connection with the model."
Tina’s studio is still based in Somerset, where she lives with her husband and two young sons – both of which love drawing. She too has always been interested in drawing and showed a flair from an early age, which flourished throughout her school years. After completing her A level art studies, it was an obvious choice to go to art college and eventually pursue a career in painting. Alongside her studies she also developed a keen interest in life drawing which started her passion for the human form – something which has always been the focus of her painting.
Tina’s paintings demonstrate a skilled hand and careful attention to detail. Her current style results from years of experimenting with colour, texture and perspective. She builds layers of paint to create a glowing effect and add atmospheric depth. As for her inspiration, Tina cites the dramatic light of Caravaggio and Rembrandt, the domestic settings of Vermeer, and the honest beauty of Andrew Wyeth. She focuses on the female form, displaying moments of simple everyday intimacy.
Tina is currently represented by galleries in the UK and USA, with plans to exhibit in Taiwan during 2016. She had the honour of being selected as a finalist for the Art Renewal Centre Salon Competition in 2015. In the same year she was preselected for the prestigious Figuritivas 15 competition in MEAM, The European Museum of Modern Art Barcelona, and won honourable mention in The Pastel Journal Pastel 100 competition having previously
won 1st place in the portrait/figure category in 2013.
Tina’s work hangs in private collections throughout the UK and USA, and corporate collections such as Standard Chartered Bank PLC.
Below is a sample of my wider portfolio for your interest.
— My wider portfolio sample —
Elegance & experience
— Awards & competition selection —
Art Renewal Centre Salon 2017
'Slumber', has been selected to be in the 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition, which will be on view at the Salmagundi Club, New York from May 12th – June 1st. The works will then travel to the MEAM Museum, Barcelona where they will be on view from September 23rd – November 27th.
Pastel Journal, Annual Pastel 100 Competition —
'Slumber', overall winner.
'Slumber' has won the 1st place honour award — the 'Pastel Journal Founder’s Award in Honor of Maggie Price' — in the 18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition
Art Renewal Centre Salon 2016
Both of my paintings 'Entwined' and 'Slumber' were selected as finalists in the figurative category of this years ARC Salon! One of the most prestigious realist art competitions in the Americas and perhaps the world.www.arcsalon.org
Figurativas 15 Competition,
The European Museum of Modern Art, MEAM, Barcelona —
Figurativas is one of the most prestigious international art competitions in the contemporary art scene held in Barcelona.
Art Renewal Centre Salon 2015 —
One of the most prestigious realist art competitions in the Americas and perhaps the world.
Juried ‘Women Painting Women’ Exhibition,
Principle Gallery, Charleston, USA —
An organisation highlighting women artists working in the figurative tradition.
'Blue Veil III'. Selected
The Pastel Journal's 14th Annual Pastel 100 Competition —
‘Ambiance’. Winner 1st prize (portrait/figure category)
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition —
The only major British art society that promotes and exhibits work of the highest standard, exclusively in the oils.
‘Black Dress IV’. Selected
The Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition —
'Black Dress IV’. Finalist (portrait/figure category)
Artists Network —
‘Black Dress IV’. Featured as artist of the month.