Tania Wursig's work is predominantly a celebration of life with an exotic, 'island bohemian' flavour, flamboyant colour palette and strong cultural influences that span from, in her earlier works, the Gypsy caves of Granada to, more recently, the islands of Polynesia.
A graduate of Sydney College of the Arts, majoring in fashion and textile design, this artist’s unique style combines her distinctive compositions with the textural possibilities of painting on fabrics and other textural surfaces ranging from vintage damasks, lace, wall paper, traditional Tahitian Pareu, coconut husk, Manga comics and various other ephemera collected on her travels.
“I’m fascinated by the amalgamation of textiles and other textures with painting. The fabrics or 'grounds' I choose give the works an added dimension that’s difficult to achieve with paint alone. I tend to choose these ‘grounds’ depending on the subject to add a symbolic relevance to the composition. Further they allow me to flirt with light and shade so that the shadows play across the canvas, sometimes revealing and other times obscuring details to add intensity to the narrative.”
For example when using the Tahitian Pareu in her paintings this artist sees it as a metaphor for the ‘blood’ or cultural heritage of her subjects. Wursig intends this to be read literally as the ‘thread’ that connects the modern Tahitians to their ancestors and their way of life. Controlling the translucency of her brush strokes reveals the motifs of the pareu beneath the skin inspiring the viewer look deeper.
Her dynamic career as a professional painter has taken her all over the world, including residencies in Paris and Barcelona, an invitation to the International Artists’ Symposium in Budapest, commission work in Maui, Hawaii and an on going annual 2-3 month painting residency in Tahiti which she now refers to as her second home.
In 2011 Tania was given the opportunity by Tahiti Tourisme Australia and Le Meridien Tahiti to live, paint, exhibit and teach in Tahiti for 2 - 3 months each year.
‘This time in my life I now affectionately refer to as:
'PAINTING IN PARADISE’
It is clear in Tania’s work that she draws great influence and inspiration from the Tahitian people and their culture. “I so admire and appreciate the Tahitian pride in their traditions. I feel this pride provides an important link for the younger generations to their roots and their’ Fenua’ (land) something we in our western cultures are lacking.”
For the Months of July, August and September Tania Wursig is sponsored by ‘Le Meridien Tahiti resort’. She is provided accommodation and a vast studio space where she paints, conducts international painting workshops, art classes for locals and exhibits both original paintings and limited edition prints.
Tania offers all inclusive packages to clients world wide to join her in Tahiti, Bora Bora and most recently the island of Huahine for painting workshops. These workshops are aptly named
Whilst maintaining a solid career as a visual artist, in 2013 Tania established herself in the world of textiles with the launch of her new brand;
"Seduced by Adventure, Inspired by Nature, Created with Passion and Made with Love....
Enjoy with Wild Abandon!"
With this catch phrase, Tania Wursig's creative brainchild 'Bohemian Island Palace' endeavours to bring a touch of the exotic into everyday life. The designs encompass this artists diverse, distinctive and unique style/lifestyle in the form of 100% ECO friendly, Australian made, limited edition 'Hero' cushions, textiles and much more.
Wursig has exhibited regularly to continuing success both in Australia and abroad for over 2 decades. She has a strong loyal following and her paintings are held in private collections world wide including France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, U.K. USA, Hawaii and Tahiti. Public collections include; Cellar de Can Ginestar in Barcelona, the M.O.M Gallery in Budapest and Le Meridien Tahiti.