Nelson based artist Tania Bostock creates mixed media paintings with unique surface textures that are expertly achieved through the careful layering of paint. Bostock's paintings often expose the life cycle of man-made objects such as rusted metal or weathered structures.
Bostock's process involves finding the mid-ground between the free and loose potential of paint and the controlled artist hand. In the making of a work, she will move between both approaches, at times allowing the paint to guide the making, while at others consciously shaping the outcome.
The palimpsestic quality of Bostock's works implies a sense of history, time and impermanence. The works come to feel like relics or objects weathered by time, marked by cracks, flaking textures and eroded surfaces. The use of recycled metal to frame or adorn the works adds an intriguing ambiguity as to the age of the work.
Tania Bostock has won awards for her painting including being named a Finalist at the Christchurch Art Show Awards and the Guilded Edge Paramount Art Award.
"For me painting is emotive, and a great deal of time and thought goes into each creation. I create paintings that are strong, deliberately imperfect, and beautiful."- Tania Bostock