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About

Tamsin Relly’s multi-disciplinary practice includes painting, printmaking and photography. South Africa born, she moved to London in 2009 and received her MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2011.

Relly’s work  reflects the increasingly disrupted environmental conditions of a shifting global climate, and considers the erasure and construction of wilderness, whether for industry or leisure. Recent projects explore the preservation of arboreal and botanical environments through conservation, urban parks, and memory – be it personal, collective or held within the land.

Drawing on both found media imagery and first-hand observations, Relly works with the fluid and unpredictable qualities of her materials and processes to present impressions of natural and urban spaces in states of uncertainty or impermanence. As part of her research, she has visited and studied diverse locations such as Svalbard in the Arctic Circle, The Eden Project in Cornwall, and the fabricated oasis of the Las Vegas Strip.

Relly’s work has been exhibited and collected widely in the United Kingdom and internationally, appearing in group exhibitions at The Royal Academy of Arts, The National Maritime Museum and Oliver Projects in London; SMITH, Cape Town and Galerie Rue Visconti, Paris. Her work is held in collections such as Spier and Ellerman House in South Africa, and Hogan Lovells, Dentons and the National Maritime Museum in London. She has had solo exhibitions hosted by The House of St Barnabas, The Place Downstairs and Brocket Gallery in London. Artist residencies include Arteles, Finland (2016), RE·THINK: Environment, National Maritime Museum, London (2015), Pocantico, Rockefeller Brother Fund, New York (2015), and The Arctic Circle, Svalbard (2014).

Relly has been commissioned twice (2018 and 2019) by award winning curatorial charity Hospital Rooms to create permanent work for locked and secure mental health units in the UK. During 2017 she donated a share of the proceeds from all her sales towards World Land Trust for the purchase and protection of tropical rain forest.

EDUCATION

2011 – 2012

  • City & Guilds of London Art School

    Masters in Fine Art.

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2018

  • HOGCHESTER ARTS

    Dorset, United Kingdom

2016

  • SILENCE AWARENESS EXISTENCE

    Arteles, Finland

2015

  • POCANTICO

    Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York.

  • RE THINK: ENVIRONMENT

    National Maritime Museum, London.

2014

  • GERSON ZEVI LAND ART ROAD TRIP

    Nervada and Utah.

  • THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

    Svalbard, Norway.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

  • FOREST MEMORY

    Brocket, London.

  • IMAGINING THE AMAZON

    The Collective, The House of St Barnabas, London. Curated by Alteria Art.

2014

  • JUNGLE SNOW

    The Place Downstairs, London. Curated by Stuart Evans.

2012

  • TIPPING POINT

    ASC Window Space, London.

  • RECENT WORK

    Salon 91, Cape Town.

2007

  • INTERFACE

    Guga S’Thebe, Langa, Cape Town.

 2004

  • SOURCE

    Sandbaai, South Africa.

1999

  • BENEATH THE SURFACE

    Le Bon Ton, Cape Town.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

  • DRAWING CLOSER

    Oliver Projects, London

2019

  • POLAR WORLDS (on going)

    National Maritime Museum, London.

  • SITE WORKS

    Experimental Gallery, Cornell University, New York

  • ONE OF ONE

    After Projects, London

  • HOSPITAL ROOMS AUCTION

    Hauser & Wirth, London

  • HOSPITAL ROOMS  – EXETER PHOENIX

    Exeter Phoenix, Devon.

2018

  • POLAR WORLDS

    National Maritime Museum, London.

  • ART FOR THE BARBICAN

    The Barbican Centre, London.

  • SUMMER EXHIBITION

    Royal Academy of Arts, London.

  • HOSPITAL ROOMS & EILEEN SKELLERN 1

    Griffin Gallery, London.

  • PAPER CUTS

    Kristian Day, Saatchi Gallery, London.

  • 40° CELCIUS

    ASC Gallery, London.

  • 9 ARTISTS

    Curated by Katherine Oliver, London.

  • SUMMER EXHIBITION

    The Concept Space, London.

  • WOOLWICH CONTEMPORARY PRINT FAIR

    London.

  • PLACES FACES SPACES

    New Arts Project, London.

2017

  • PAPER CUTS

    Trip Gallery, London. Curated by Kristian Day

  • PLANET ON FIRE

    Two-person exhibition with Henry Hussey. TM Lighting, London. Curated by Jo Baring, Ingram Collection.

  • PIY PAINT LOUNGE

    Sluice Biennal, London.

  • WISDOM & NATURE

    PHILLIPS – London, Paris, New York.

  • SUMMER EXHIBITION

    Royal Academy of Arts, London.

  • A SENSE OF PLACE

    Simmons Contemporary, London. Curated by Stuart Evans.

  • GREEN CREATES

    Fundraising Auction for the Green Party of England and Wales, Hoxton Arches, London.

  • UNCOMMON GROUND

    Royal Geographical Society, London.

  • WOOLWICH ORIGONAL PRINT FAIR

    London.

2016

  • DENTONS ART PRIZE

    Dentons Law Firm, London. Curated by Niamh white.

  • THE TERRARIUM DRAWN

    jaggedart, London. Curated by Katherine Jones.

  • SUMMER EXHIBITION

    Royal Academy of Arts, London.

  • ARCADIA

    Smith Gallery, Cape Town.

  • VISTA

    Coates & Scarry, London.

  • LONDON ART FAIR / JOHN JONES

    Business Design Centre, London.

2015

  • WHISPERS

    Ronchini Gallery, London. Curated by Adeline de Monseignat.

2014

  • RA ART SALES / PAINTER PRINTMAKERS

    Royal Academy of Arts, London.

  • TIME TO HIT THE ROAD

    Curated by Gerson Zevi. Leila Heller Gallery, New York.

  • CHRISTIE’S MULTIPLIED ART FAIR / Alteria Art

    Christies, London.

  • PUBLISH/CURATE

    T J Boulting, London

  • FNB JOBURG ART FAIR / Commune 1

    Johannesburg.

  • ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS IN YORKSHIRE

    Zillah Bell Gallery, North Yorkshire. Curated by Norman Ackroyd.

  • CITY & GUILD OF LONDON ART SCHOOL

    Zillah Bell Gallery, North Yorkshire.

  • TRACE

    HONORE, Paris.

  • SUMMER EXHIBITION

    Royal Academy of Arts, London.

  • LONDON ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR

    Royal Academy of Arts, London.

  • BAINBRIDGE OPEN

    The Tea Gallery, London

  • LANDSCAPE TO A BLINDMAN’S EYE

    Slate Projects, London.

  • OCEANA JUNIOR COUNCIL LAUNCH

    Phillips Auction House, Curated by Stitch Projects, London.

2013

  • SUMMER EXHIBITION

    Royal Academy of Arts, London.

  • LONDON ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR

    Royal Academy of Arts, London.

  • POP-UP at 87a LOWER MARSH

    Curated by Samia Calbayrac, London.

2012

  • BITE

    – Artists Making Prints, Mall Galleries, London.

  • SUMMER EXHIBITION

    Royal Academy of Arts, London.

  • SHOULDER2SHOULDER

    Royal Marines Barracks, London.

  • LONDON ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR

    Royal Academy of Arts, London.

2011

  • POST GRADUATE PRINTMAKING IN LONDON

    Clifford Chance, London.

  • SPACE FOR CHANGE

    Parlour Gallery Project Space, London.

  • LET YOURSELF LOVE A WILD THING

    Salon 91, Cape Town.

2010

  • SUMMER EXHIBITION

    Vetrine Gallery, London.

2008

  • PLAY WITH IMAGINATION

    The premises Gallery, Johannesburg.

  • THE BIJOU BURNDS AGAIN

    Urban Contemporary Art, Cape Town.

2007

  • THOUGHT TRAFFIC

    The premises Gallery, Johannesburg.

2006

  • CHOICE ASSORTMENT

    WhatitheWorld, Cape Town.

  • UNTITLED

    WhatiftheWorld, Cape Town.

2005

  • SPRING FLING

    Whatiftheworld, Cape Town.

  • BLACK AND WHITE POSTER PROJECT

    Dirt, Cape Town.

  • MEMBERS EXHIBITION

    Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town.

2003

  • BRETT KEBBLE ART AWARDS

    Cape Town.

  • SASOL ART AND WAX

    Sasolburg, South Africa.

  • YDESIRE

    , 4rth Soft serve party, The Castle,Cape Town.

  • A REFLECTION OF WOMENS LIVES

    Durban Art Gallery, Durban.

  • ICONS

    Ants Nest, Cape Town.

  • ABSOLUTE MAGIC

    Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.

2002

  • WOMANS ISSUES

    Durban Art Gallery, Durban.

  • FAMILY TREES

    Bang the Gallery, Cape Town.

  • ABSOLUTE VOYER

    Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.

2001

  • THUPELO INTERNATIONAL

    S A N G, Cape Town.

  • THUPELO REGIONAL

    S A N G, Cape Town.

  • SOCIETE NATIONAL DES BEAUX ARTS

    Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.

  • ABSOLUTE SECRET

    Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.

COLLECTIONS

2019 

  • NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

    London, UK.

2018 

  • HOGAN LOVELLS

    London, UK.

  • DENTONS

    London, UK.

2016 

  • YELLOWWOODS ART

    South Africa.

2013

  • SPIER

    Stellenbosch, South Africa.

2012

  • ELLERMAN HOUSE

    Cape Town, SA.

2007

  • HOLLARD

    Johannesburg, SA.

  • TOKARA

    Stellenbosch, SA.

2006

  • HOLLARD

    Johannesburg, SA.

1999 -2017

  • Private Collections in South Africa, Europe, North America, United Kingdom & Australia.

PRESS

2016

  • SA Art Times, South Africa (Interview)
  • Kensington & Chelsea Review, United Kingdom (Interview)
  • Cape Argus, Cape Town, SA (Interview)
  • Bolander, Somerset West, SA (Interview)

2014

  • City Solicitor, UK (Interview)

2013

  • Tremors, UK (Review)
  • Rookie Creative, UK (Review)

2012

  • The New Age, South Africa. (Review)
  • The Jackdaw, UK (Profile)

2010

  • Elle, Holland. (Profile)

2009

  • Elle Décor, SA. (Project Feature)
  • Top Billing Magazine, SA. (Project Feature)

2007

  • House and Garden, SA. (Profile)
  • Garden and Home, SA. (Profile)
  • Absolute Cape Town, SA. (Profile)
  • Time Out, Cape Town, SA.(Profile)
  • Sunday Independent, SA. (Profile)

2006

  • The Art Times, SA. (Profile)
  • The Cape Times, SA. (Review)
  • Obrigado, SA. (Review)

1999

  • The Cape Times, SA. (Review)
  • Die Burger, SA. (Review)