13 Hendon Park Mansions
London NW4 2TG
+44 7960 944199
11 April 2016
To whom it may concern,
My name is Sinta Tantra, and I am writing to express my keen interest in applying for the Paintworks public art commissions in Bristol. I am an artist living and working in London and have been encouraged to submit an initial proposal by art consultant Theresa Bergne.
I describe my practice as 'painting on an architectural scale' and 'turning the white cube space inside out'. As an artist, I am passionate about engaging within the public realm; interacting with audiences as well as collaborating with designers, architects and other creative makers.
For the last ten years, I have created numerous site-specific installations both in the UK and abroad. These include works for Bristol's Children's Hospital, Cambridge University, Southbank Centre, Liverpool Biennial, Transport for London and the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
My two most notable works include a 300 metre painted bridge in Canary Wharf, London launched for the 2012 Olympics as well as a 3,300-metre square painted floor for the newly built ‘tech city’ of Songdo, South Korea in 2015. Both were commissioned as permanent pieces to enhance the built environment.
Upcoming projects include a public art commission for Folkestone Triennial, 2017 and a solo show at Pearl Lam Gallery in Hong Kong in 2016.
Please find attached my application with all the necessary documents:
- Artist CV and two referees
- Examples of past work
- Concept ideas for Zones
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the panel for taking the time to consider my proposal. Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Example of past work
Commissioned by Canary Wharf Group, London, 2012
Approx. 300 metres wide x 2 metres high
Paint on steel bridge
Commissioned by the South Korean Government , Songdo, 2015
Paint on floor
Approx. 3,300 metres square
Commissioned by Newnham College, Cambridge University, Cambridge 2015
Painted wooden panels with hand blown glass pendants
Approx. 50 metres long
Commissioned by Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol 2013
Sensory Garden: Painted walls, kaleidoscope, planting, furniture
Approx. 230 metres square
Commissioned by Royal British Society of Sculptors, London 2013
Coloured vinyl on architectural glass
Approx. 2 metres in diametre
Commissioned by Lowcs International, Swansea, 2013
Paint and printed dibond on wall
Approx. 6 x 17 metres
Statement of interest for Paintworks commission Zones 1-5
I am interested in applying for all five zones and am excited to work on a development that interweaves individual artworks together to form an interconnected environment/whole. For the Paintworks commission, I would be inspired to explore the history of the former paint factory; the shared language of art, craft, industry and how colours are individually interpreted as well as systematically categorised. I would take into consideration the colour scheme of the zones and complement these wayfinding colours with the colours of the artwork.
Colour has always been the starting point in my art. I create bold geometric patterns that wrap themselves around architectural spaces such as exterior facades, walls, ceilings, floors. I often start the designs on the computer and these then get transferred onto architectural spaces.
I describe my work as ‘painting on an architectural scale.' I create works that celebrate the spectacle, questioning the decorative, functional and social role of art. The compositional arrangements are rooted in formalism. I am intrigued when this formalism becomes 'relational' - when private becomes public and when the viewer becomes active. My work is an 'overlay' which inserts its identity within the pre-existing - heightening a sense of fantasy within the functional.
Zone 1: louvered ventilation area:
Possible ideas: I would be keen to create a feeling of 'movement' and 'flow' in order to break up the solid lines of the louvres. This could result in a fragmented/pixelated image. I like the idea of incorporating elements of nature somehow into this work in order to contrast against the linear metal vents. For example, the artwork could inspired by photographs of nearby meadows, local plant life, sky etc that have been distorted through a pixel generator.
Possible Materials: The louvres could be coloured by spray painting, powder coating, enameling. Texture can also be added by etching or anodised effect. The steel can also be cut by water jet to give a sense of depth.
Zone 2: (Block K) wall surface treatment and adjacent area of soft landscaping:
Possible ideas: I have previously worked on a sensory garden, commissioned by Bristol Children's Hospital, 2014 - combining soft landscaping with a painted mural.
I would like to create a design/pattern that balanced against the architectural features of this space - emphasising the height of the wall as you walk down the stairs and well as the entire length of the wall which wraps around the corner. The painted motifs could include a number geometric and curved forms to create a sense of rhythmic movement as you walk along. Colours could be chosen by studying where the sun rose and set.
The soft landscaping could include a range of plants which complimented the painted design - a combination of green structural leaves (such as palms, ferns, tall grasses) as well as plants/flowers/herbs that changed colour throughout the year.
Possible materials: The design on the walls could be painted with masonry paint or rendered concrete. Plants would be carefully selected to ensure that they are suited to their environment and are low maintenance.
Zone 3: (Block E) large applied treatment to roof soffit
Possible ideas: I would be interested in creating a bold and playful pattern/motif on the roof; playing with optical illusion, a painted two dimensional form that somehow looked three dimensional at a distance. I like the idea of combining 'Victorian' colours (referencing the former paint factory) together with a more contemporary palette.
I have previously worked on commissions for Canary Wharf and Cambridge University where lighting was integrated as part of the artwork. In this case, we could even place the lighting directly over the painted ceiling so as to create a dramatic tension and even sculptural form.
Possible materials: The ceiling design could be painted with exterior grade masonry paint or rendered concrete. The exterior lighting could be a series of integrated strip lights or even a coloured LED system that transformed from one colour to the next.
Zone 4: tiered corner to main site entrance
Possible ideas: My work often reflects on my own identity/background of growing up in New York, Bali and London. When I first looked at renders of this particular space at Paintworks, it reminded me of rice paddy fields in Bali. I also began to think of Antonio Gaudi's mosaic forms in Parc Guell, Barcelona.
Although the tiered steps at Paintworks are currently flat monoliths, they could be more organic in shape and/or even sculptural in form - curved and contrasting against the backdrop of straight architectural lines.
Possible materials: I would be keen in exploring patterns in mosaic and ceramics - perhaps even sourcing vintage ceramics from the local area and incorporating them into the artwork. Reflective materials such as mirror, glass and metal could be used to catch glimpses / reflection of the sun.
Zone 5: diagonal street
Possible ideas: I would be interested in creating a sculpture / object within this zone which could act as an important route marker for the entire site. There are several possibilities.
A glass sculpture with coloured filters that could act as a sundial during the day and then backlit at night. This would be made from architectural glass which would then be fused with a coloured filter / coloured glass. I have worked in architectural glass before and have good contacts in the UK and in Germany.
I also have a collaborative practice with another artist called Nick Hornby. These sculptures could be made from a wide range of exterior materials including fibreglass or sheet metal and then spray painted on top.
A British artist of Balinese descent, Sinta Tantra was born in New York in 1979. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London 1999–2003 and at the Royal Academy Schools 2004–06.
Tantra is well regarded for her site-specific murals and installations in the public realm. These include works for the Southbank Centre, Liverpool Biennial, the Royal British Society of Sculptors and Transport for London. Tantra’s most notable work includes a permanent landmark commission for Canary Wharf completed for the Olympics in 2012 – a 300 metre long painted bridge stretching over the water in the heart of London’s business district. Recent public art commissions in 2015 include Newnham College in Cambridge University and the newly built ‘tech city’ of Songdo, South Korea.
Recent international group shows include Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra: Collaborative Works, Choi and Lager Gallery, Cologne (2015); Bend Sinister at i-CAN, Yogyakarta (2014); Gatekeeper at William Holman Gallery, New York (2014); Indonesian Contemporary Art and Design, Grand Kemang Hotel, Jakarta (2013); The Fine Line, Identity Gallery, Hong Kong (2013); and Confined, NEST Gallery, The Hague (2012).
A recipient of many awards including the prestigious Deutsche Bank Award, British Council’s International Development Award and shortlisted for the Jerwood Painting Prize, Tantra’s work has been featured in both UK and international press including Tate Shots, FAD Magazine, Evening Standard’s Hot List 100, Nylon Magazine USA, the Jakarta Post and BBC Radio Indonesia.
Tantra’s work is in the collections of the UK’s Government Art Collection as well as private international collections. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show with Pearl Lam Gallery in Hong Kong in Autumn 2016 and the UK's Folkestone Triennial 2017.
Director of Folkestone Triennial
Public Art Consultant for Canary Wharf
Born 1979, New York
Lives and works in London and Bali
2009 - 2010 University of the Arts, Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education Teaching
2003 - 2006 Royal Academy of Arts London, Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art
2000 - 2003 Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, BA in Fine Art with First Class Honors (1:1)
1999 - 2000 Middlesex University, BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Group Show, Painting Now!, Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milano
Solo Project, Dymaxion: Dynamic, Maximum, Tension, curated by Amanprit Sandhu, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
Group Show, Apocalypstick, curated by Sian Hislop and Jeremy Wilett, The Nunnery Gallery, London, UK
Charity Auction, Royal Academy Schools Auction, London, UK
Solo Project, curated by Eliza Tan, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London, UK
Solo Show, Arsenic Fantasy, Gaya Fusion Gallery, Bali, Indonesia
Group Show, And There Was... Salon Vert, London, UK
Solo Show, Real Phoney, Monika Bobinska Gallery, London, UK
International Art Fair, Pulse Art Fair New York, Monika Bobinska Gallery, USA
Group Show, Present Perfect, Monika Bobinska Gallery, London, UK
Public Art Commission, A Good Time and a Half!, commissioned by The Southbank Centre for The Saisson Poetry Library, London, UK
International Art Fair, Pulse Art Fair Miami, Monika Bobinska Gallery, USA
Group Show, Nothing Works, curated by Michael Czerwinski and Amanprit Sandhu, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, UK
Group Show, Gatti, curated by Brooke Lynn MacGowan, The Canal Museum, London UK
Public Art Commission, Neon Tetra, commissioned by CreateKX for Camley Street Natural Park, London, UK
Public Art Commission, Isokon Dreams, commissioned by London Borough of Camden, Regents Park Bridge, London, UK
Public Art Commission, Line Up, commissioned by Platform for Art, Piccadilly Tube Station, London, UK
Charity Auction, Royal Academy Schools Auction, London UK
Group Exhibition, Picante, Deutsche Bank, London UK
Party Surprise, commissioned by Christchurch University, Canterbury, London, UK
Emporia, commissioned by London Fashion Week's On|Off, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, UK
Twelve to One, curated by Ann Elliott, Canary Wharf, London UK
Baroquerocks!, Espace Brochage Express, Paris France
Salon de Freehand, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne Australia
Boo Hoo Hoo! I'm between a Laugh and a Cry, Ada Street Gallery, London UK
Waiting, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Selected Prizes & Honors
2016 Shortlisted for the Jerwood Painting Prize
2012 First Prize, Painting and Decorating Industry Award, UK
2012 The Royal British Society of Sculptors AHRBS
2010 Shortlisted for the Jerwood Contemporary Painting Prize
2009 British Council Grant
2009 Courvosier ‘The Future 500’ in partnership with The Observer Newspaper
2007 Arts Council England
2007 Westminster Civic Award, Public Arts
2006 The Deutsche Bank Award in Fine Art
2006 The Gordon Luton Award, The Worshipful Company Painters Stainers Trust
2005 Michael Moser Award
2003-6 Paul Smith Postgraduate Scholarship at The Royal Academy
Public Presentations & Lectures
2016 Artist Talk, Contemporary Art Lectures Series, Slade School of Art, University College London UK
2015 Artist Talk, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London UK
2015 Artist Talk, 'Future Now' Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK
2015 Artist Talk, SOAS, London UK
2014 Artist Talk, MES 56, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2013 Artist Talk, This Woman's Work Festival, London UK
2013 Risang Yuwono & Sinta Tantra, Artist in conversation, Gasworks, London UK
2013 Round Table Discussion, Identity, Transculture and Globalisation, Centre for Creative Collaboration, London UK
2012 In conversation with curator Karen Newman, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool UK
2012 In conversation with architect Matt Brook, Open Eye Gallery & RIBA North West, Liverpool UK
2011 Artists in conversation with artist David Batchelor , The Nunnery Gallery, London UK
2010 Keynote Speaker for Deutsche Bank Awards, Tate Modern, London UK
2009 Pecha Kucha, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London UK
2009 In conversation with curator Eliza Tan, Monika Bobinska Gallery, London UK
2008 In conversation with writer Sam Phillips, Southbank Centre, London UK
Camberwell College of Arts, London UK
Central St. Martins, London UK
Chelsea School of Art, London UK
Mary Ward Centre, London UK
Manchester School of Art, Manchester UK
Kingston University, London, UK
Reading University, Reading, UK
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
School of Oriental and African Studies, London UK
Slade School of Fine Art, London UK