ABOUT/CV

Tamara English is a contemporary artist whose work explores themes of awakening to the presence of the divine, and nature as a catalyst for discovering the sacred in life. Her work reveals the interior realms of our beings, the levels of awareness beyond the physical. Most wisdom traditions speak about the existence of these different levels which include the subtle and causal realms. These realms are where our beliefs, perceptions and inquiry and understanding of what has sacred meaning to us are found. English blends imaginary elements with elements found in the physical world to create an atmosphere that expands our perception of reality, which she refers to as the reenchantment of the world. Her work reveals the vastness and beauty of an inner life in which one is connected to their divine ideal, beyond any specific tradition or belief system. Each painting may be considered a portal to discover the magical, mystical and alchemical in everyday life, well-being and upliftment, and that all is imbued with Spirit.

Tamara English’s work has been exhibited extensively in the US and abroad, including at the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum. She holds a BFA in painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she received the Charles Carey Life Drawing Prize. She has been awarded several grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland. In 2018, English was named a recipient of the Ford Family Foundation Oregon Visual Artist Mid-career Residency Award, and was awarded a Golden Spot artist residency at Playa Summerlake in Oregon. Her work is widely collected and represented in many collections, including the City of Portland Portable Works, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Cascade AIDS Project Office, Lock Haven University, Columbia Sportswear, and a former US president. English lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

CV – Tamara English

Education

2004 BFA Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

Selected Solo/ Two Person Exhibitions

2021 Recent Work, Caplan Art Designs, Portland, OR (upcoming)
2019 Adored, curated by Tammy Jo Wilson & Owen Premore, Museum of the Oregon Territory, Oregon City, OR
Presence, Johnstone Financial Advisors AccessArt Exhibition Program in association with the Oregon Cultural Trust, Lake Oswego, OR
2018 Majesty, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR
2016 The Worlds Inside, John F. Sloan Gallery at Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA
2015 For The Bees, North Portland Library, Portland, OR
2014 The Worlds Are Glorious, Nisus Gallery at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland,
OR Recent Work, Gallery at Providence Hospital, curated by Seth Nehil, Portland, OR
2012 Reorientation x 5, Caplan Art Designs, Portland, OR
2010 The Universal Book Of Hours, North Portland Library, Portland, OR
2008 Imaginal/Manifest, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
2007 Recent Work, Art Institute Of Portland Gallery, Portland, OR

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 All The Lights, Treat Gallery, New York, NY
Happiness, curated by Exhibizone, Biafarin Online Gallery
2020 Art Makes History, curated by Tammy Jo Wilson & Owen Premore, Museum of the Oregon Territory, Oregon City, OR
Group Exhibition, Caplan Art Designs, Portland, OR
2019 In God We Trust: Reflections on Religion in America, curated by Nezka Pfeifer, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI
2018 New Work, New Artists, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Group Exhibition, Caplan Art Designs, Portland, OR
2017 Four From Portland, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA
Group Exhibition, Caplan Art Designs, Portland, OR
Reverence & Resonance, High Street Gallery, Salem, OR
Project Postcard, University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
2016 Group Exhibition, Caplan Art Designs, Portland, OR
PNCA Alumni Exhibition, curated by MK Guth, Pacific Northwest College Of Art,
Portland, OR
The Pull Of Repetition, curated by Mark R. Smith, North View Gallery at Portland
Community College, Portland, OR
Transference, curated by Mark and Rae Mahaffey, Autzen Gallery at Portland State
University, Portland, OR
Spirit In The Land, Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015 Monster Drawing Rally, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Botanica: All Things Plant Life, Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
Art & Flowers: Color, Form and Harmony, Cape Fear Botanical Garden & Rosenthal
Gallery at Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
Recent Work, Caplan Art Designs, Portland, OR
2014 New Season New Faces, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY
2013 International Contemporary Islamic Art Exhibition, curated by Dr. Nada Shabout,
Eisemann Center, Dallas, TX
Surf & Turf, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY
The Divine Feminine, Dragonfly Gallery at Amity Foundation, Tucson, AZ
2012 Becoming Artfully Aware, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Layered Spaces, Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
Portland Visual Art Exchange, Littman Gallery at Portland State University, Portland OR
2011 Welcome to My World, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
Affordable Art Fair, Turner Barnes Gallery, London, UK
Recent Work, Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 Affordable Art Fair, Portland Fine Art, New York, NY
Group Exhibition, Art In Embassies Program, Riga, Latvia
Nature Sublima, Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
Gifted, Littman Gallery at Portland State University, Portland, OR
2009 5 x 5, Beppu Wairda Gallery, Portland, OR
Group Show, Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007 Be Blue (Sky) Show, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
2006 Dealer’s Choice, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
Alumni Show, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
2005 The Red Show, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR

 

Text / Film
Whitham, Kayle, Curatorial Volume 2: Leaders In Contemporary Art, Capsules Books, Melbourne,
Australia, May, 2020
White, Charles, “Tamara English,” Pacific Dissent Magazine, Los Angeles, January/February 2016
Harlow, Joanna, “Experience ‘The Worlds Within’ Tamara English,” The Eagle Eye, Lock Haven, PA
February 11, 2016
Staff, “Botanica: All Things Plant Life at Bedford Gallery,” OaklandArtEnthusiast, Web,
August 15th, 2015
Speer, Richard, “Now Showing,” Willamette Week, Portland, OR, March 5th, 2014
International Contemporary Islamic Art Exhibition. Catalogue, Dallas, TX 2013
Speer, Richard, “Life as Spiritual Practice: Thoughts on Tamara English’s New Work,” Catalogue 2013
Driscoll, Megan, “Religious Harmony,” PORT, Web, December 5, 2012
Art: PDX, “Artists In Their Studios” documentary, directed by Andy Blubaugh, 2012
Speer, Richard, “A Baseline of Joy: The Oil Paintings of Tamara English,” Reorientation x 5
Catalogue 2012
English, Tamara, “Pointing to the Divine,” Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art and
Architecture, Vol. XLV, No. 2, 2012
Norris, TJ, “Now Showing,” Willamette Week, Portland, OR, November 30th, 2011
Speer, Richard, “Now Showing,” Willamette Week, Portland, OR, December 15th, 2010
Holloway, Jane, “Artist Focus: Tamara English,” The Face Of Chelmsford, Chelmsford, United Kingdom,
September, 2010
Art In Embassies Exhibition Catalogue, Riga, Latvia, 2010
Speer, Richard, “Now Showing,” Willamette Week, Portland, OR, October 28th, 2009
Speer, Richard, “Now Showing,” Willamette Week, Portland, OR, May 6th, 2009
Speer, Richard, “Now Showing,” Willamette Week, Portland, OR, July 9th, 2008
Row, D.K., “Summer’s Here! Head to the Galleries” The Oregonian, July 3rd, 2008
DeLuca, Andie, “And Now For Something Completely Different,” PORT, Web. June 29th, 2005.

Residencies / Awards / Grants
2018 The Ford Family Foundation Oregon Visual Artist Mid-career Residency Award
Playa Artist Residency, Summerlake, OR
2011 Regional Arts & Cultural Council Project Grant
2010 Regional Arts & Cultural Council Project Grant
2009 Regional Arts & Cultural Council Professional Development Grant
2003 Charles Carey Life Drawing Prize, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

Gallery Affiliations
Addington Gallery. Chicago, IL
Caplan Art Designs, Portland, OR
Cooper & Smith Gallery, Essex, CT
Seattle Art Museum Sales & Rental Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA