30cm h x 50cm w x 2cm d,
oil on board, 2016.
Born in Adelaide in 1987, Tsering Hannaford began painting after finishing a BA in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Art History at the University of Adelaide. She is predominantly self-taught but has taken painting intensives in New York at the Art Students’ League of New York, Grand Central Atelier and recently in France at Studio Escalier. She has been a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award four times (Highly Commended in 2014), and has been hung twice in the Archibald Salon des Refusés. She has been a finalist three times in the Archibald Prize.
Tsering is interested in examining the roles and expectations of women within the culture through her portraiture. She has commissioned portraits held in public collections at Lincoln College, Government House, the Sir Samuel Way Courtrooms and Westminster School in Adelaide.
Tsering’s still life paintings explore themes of impermanence and renewal. “My greatest ambition in my work is to allow the viewer to feel like they could be standing right there in the room with me- experiencing the same delicate light, the mood, the stillness. In this way I feel I can draw attention to the quiet beauty found in everyday life.”