TANJA TRUSCOTT (1961 - ) Tanja Truscott’s artwork is born from a fascination with painterly abstraction and the power it has to engage us visually and emotionally. She works quickly and intuitively and is inspired by literature, poetry and music ... and just as easily by sounds and sensations from the outdoors. Any of these can be the impetus for the colours and tools, the marks made and the shapes that emerge. Truscott enjoys layering and as the layers of paint build up, they simultaneously reveal and hide what is underneath – covered up yet visible. Born in the Netherlands but now living and working in Cape Town (South Africa), Truscott received a BA in Graphic Design from the University of Stellenbosch in 1984 and a Diploma in Secondary Teaching in 1990 from the University of Cape Town. She has taught art and after many years spent in educational publishing as an illustrator, graphic designer and art director, she turned to painting full time in 2009. Truscott’s most recent group exhibitions in Cape Town (2019) include New Light at No 5 on Hudson and Nano 1.3 at the Barnard Gallery. Her work is represented in private collections both locally and abroad.