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

Selected Solo/ Two Person Exhibitions

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

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