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Tana Tapson
Berkley, Michigan

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My current work is inspired by objects that show evidence of their history in their surfaces. I explore themes of time and nostalgia through imagery of antique coins or mechanical objects. I am interested in the idea of beauty created by the history and weathering of objects.

I use a technique known as Venetian painting, or painting in layers, in order to render detailed surfaces. Painting small objects, such as antique coins, on a large scale allows me to explore the abstraction that happens within realism. My paintings are not intended to be photo realistic but rather to show the beauty in details through smaller vignettes that allow the viewer to see objects in a new way.





born: 1976, Hollywood, FL



The Evergreen State College, BA, 2000


selected awards/honors

Juror's Recognition Award, Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, 2012


selected publications

The Season 10 Manifest Exhibtion Annual


selected group shows

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center: Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham, MI, 2015
Manifest Gallery: Systematic: An International Competitive Exhibit of Works By or About Systems, Cincinnati, OH, 2014
Manifest Gallery: Fresh Paint Exhibition, Cincinnati, OH, 2013
Midland Center for the Arts: Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, Midland, MI, 2013



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