Colour in Your Life featured artist Tania Heben appeared on Colour In Your Life Season Four (4)
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Born in Germany of Russian parents, Tania Heben arrived in Australia in 1950. After growing up in Queensland and before becoming a full time artist, Tania spent 17 years working as a nurse and midwife – a profession which enabled her to work while traveling extensively. This well seasoned traveler has spent time in Canada, Switzerland, England and behind the Iron Curtain. During 1987 Tania Heben moved to the Far North of Queensland which she feels was an experience which helped her “really see colour for the first time” and her use of brilliant colour is undeniably one of the most well known features of her work.
Tania Heben works contrast vivid local scenes of people still influenced by the colonial settlement period of the 1800’s with the lush tropical vegetation of the Australian Rain forest and Jungle. Tania’s paintings have been described as “Gauuinesque” with the strong influence of both Matisse and Gauguin in her work.
“I love the drama and colours of Queensland and local people fascinate me as they are so much a combination of the old and new. By way of record, I want to capture the architecture of the old Queensland style buildings before they disappear.”
Tania Heben’s paintings are included in the private collections of many well known identities, and she has also exhibited in Beverly Hills, California, USA. Many artists avoid commissions but that is not Tania’s style. As her fame has spread, the bulk of her work has become commissioned. Because her style is so distinctive, clients have a good idea of how the finished work will look.
You can contact Tania Heben directly via her website at http://www.taniahebenstudio.com/
Original Air Date: 3rd March 2013