Saturday, 09 October 2010 15:46

Discover Tina Newlove

Tina Newlove graduated from McMaster University in the Honours Fine Arts program in 1996. As a professional artist, Tina has been recognized as an artist with vision and an exceptional talent. Her creativity and techniques have brought accolades from curators and jurors who have recognized her potential to make a significant contribution to the cultural life of Canada. Since 1993, Tina’s paintings have been accepted into over eighty-five juried exhibitions both nationally and internationally where they have received many awards. In 1998 Tina was commissioned by the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto to create the 1998/99 Executive List.  Her painting “Organizing my Mind” is in the City of Toronto’s permanent collection. Most recently Newlove received  an Award of Merit from the Society of Canadian Artists for her painting “Step Lightly” at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. 

As a a founding member of Tribe of One, Tina creates stunning visual images on stage throughout each concert performance. She has participated in numerous benefit concerts including Toronto’s International Concert for Peace and The Return, a United Nations benefit tour to Kosovo with the Department of Foreign Affairs and War Child Canada.

When Tina is not in her garden drinking tea, fuming over politics and dancing, she can be found in her Guelph, ON studio painting, drinking tea, signing petitions and dancing.

 

Artist Statement

Much of my work is circular. I see the patterns of people, cities and natural elements overlapping in concentric circles. I am interested in spaces between, depth and transparency.  My work investigates the dynamics of relationships, the vulnerability of individuals in both city and home-life situations and the contradictions of modern life. Images of claustrophobic city settings and cutout solitary figures are caught in isolated landscapes, moments of contemplation, anxiety or in mid-conversation with unseen counterparts.

Inspired by the sounds and colours around me,  themes take second place to the surface of the canvas, which arrests my focus in a play of pattern, texture and colour.  My paintings unfold in lines and shapes and areas of light and dark as forms emerge and withdraw into the shallow background.

I notice the patterns around me shaping my world and making everything concrete. The weave in the fan, the stitching on the organ, the bowl of apples, the steady chug of the dishwasher and the music thumping away in the background all contribute to my art-making practice.

Bamboo sticks and good luck signs,

the sun and the moon every day,

the books on the shelves,

flowers from the market on Saturday,

city grids and stop lights,

past-present-future, past-present-future,

A-L, M-Z,

Revolution/Revelation,

life cycles, death cycles, wash cycles…

these are the patterns I muse over and record.

I paint mainly in oils on wood, canvas and paper. I assemble pieces with stitching (which piercingly binds my meandering thoughts together), silver leaf (because it tarnishes), gold leaf (because it doesn’t), dictionaries, bronze and fabric. I cherish the beautiful, the delicate, the detailed, the organic and the non-violent but I often paint my experience with violence, despair, the poor and the war-torn.

Metaphysics Play a Trick on Me

my feet firmly touch the ground

with each step

my senses sharpen to the sidewalk space

as a part of me

reaches past and through me

until I’m floating just above myself

my edges are blurry

I come in and out of focus

as I concentrate

on moving through space

with nowhere to land

Published in Discover Tribe of One
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 04:55

Tribe of One - Live Performance Reviews

“As a public art gallery, we were intrigued by Tribe of One’s concept of bringing together music, dance, poetry and visual arts.  We hoped the performance would complement our programming with creativity and ingenuity.  The event far exceeded our expectations and hopes.  The energy, passion, talent and commitment from all the performers in the group were remarkable.  Each individual displayed such intense enthusiasm and knowledge for their specific contribution, that when together the effect was explosive.  How four individuals could manage to keep our eyes, ears and minds moving so intensely for such an extended period of time is unfathomable to me. The gallery was thrilled to be the host of such an exciting event and to be responsible for bringing such an exceptional and inspiring group to the community.  It augmented our focus on celebrating the multiculturalism of Canada beautifully.  The feedback we have received has been uniformly glowing and we have already had requests from those in attendance and from those who missed the performance to bring the group back!”                                                      Maura Broadhurst, Curator, Latcham Gallery

“After seeing videos of Tribe of One on YouTube, I was already sold... but I had no idea that these videos would pale in comparison to the live performance. I was actually moved to tears during your set, stricken with emotion at the beauty of not only of the music and the visuals, but of the message they so effortlessly convey. I have never seen a group that could, at once, be both joyous and driving, yet dark and haunting. The amount of sound coming off the stage was incredible, and the dancers complimented that sound perfectly. I heard nothing but rave reviews from the crowd. The most memorable performance of my weekend.” Ken Jaworski, Artistic Director, Brandon Folk Music and Art Festival

“Through your involvement with Aboriginal Music Program, you have joined with an elite group of rising stars representing the best and brightest Aboriginal recording artists from across the country. It is my pleasure to extend my support, encouragement and sincere best wishes to Tribe of One towards its upcoming CD release and performances across Canada. Eric Robinson, Minister of Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport

"‘What a unique show! Tribe of One will captivate you with music, dance and visual art which represent the love and pride these artists share for their country.      Lynn Munilla, Artistic Director, Festival du Voyageur

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