UK based Tasia Graham uses themes of imagination, womanhood and cultural identity

Introducing UK based Tasia Graham, an imaginative story telling artist who uses scenic imagery and striking colour coordination. Working in new age digital and traditional media, Tasia combines her knowledge hand painting and computer digital design to create a more expressive interpretation of illustration.

Tasia uses texture, layering and figurative line work as the foundations of her digital paintings with themes of imagination, womanhood and cultural identity. Exploring the emotional attributes of human behaviour, Tasia transforms ‘feeling’ into atmospheric imagery and encourages the viewer to step into the painting, to feel the presence of their conscience. “I want the viewer feel like they are standing in the middle of the painting”.

Graduating in 2021 from University of Art London Tasia begins her career working with the BBC and Financial Times illustrating the stories of authors and her personal experiences.

Here’s her Q&A….

When did you start illustrating?

I started officially illustrating in 2021 after graduation. I studied Illustration and visual media at the University of arts London LCC to learn about the illustration industry, I already had my own style, touching on political art, I started to build my portfolio, create diverse characters and crazy colours. I won my final year competition with my first client and landed my first gig with the Financial Times right after, and the rest is history!

Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?

The art teachers along my journey have been fantastic, my college photography teacher Julie from Cadbury College Birmingham, and Leigh Clarke from University of Arts London were great teachers, they were both stern, but infused the drive to keep going as a creative, and to believe in what you create!

Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?

I always new I was going to become an artist of some sort, I would spend my days painting whilst at school, I’d paint murals on my walls and I’d go home and draw! It wasn’t until my secondary teacher told me to continue my purse of arts that I thought it could become real.

What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?

Anything adventure style, I love mystical, nature, interesting scenes, i find I have the most fun being able to warp compositions and play with colour.

How would you describe your style?

My style is a mixture of contemporary digital art and traditional drawings, it’s surreal in style, bold, intricate and colourful!

What is your favourite collaboration to date?

My time on BBC Make it at Market tv show as an Artist was fantastic for my career. I also love working with AARP Magazine and Financial Times! Every commission is different to the last, and I get to read amazing story’s from book review writers.

What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?

Illo agency takes the artists into consideration, they care about what the artist wants and who they want to work with, my hope is for them to broaden my scope of clientele and reach more career heights!

Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?

My favourite painters are Dali, and Frida Khalo. Dali’s take in surrealism helps for me to push my boundaries. And Wes Anderson Is a personal favourite of mine in terms of film composition and lighting!

Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?

I’m currently excited to be working on a painting series. I’m taking inspiration from contemporary surreal artists; this series looks into human bodies and consciousness. I’m focusing on the woman form.

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