Tamsin Relly’s multi-disciplinary practice includes painting, printmaking and photography. South Africa born, she moved to London in 2009 and received her MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2011.
Relly’s work reflects on the increasingly disrupted environmental conditions of a shifting global climate, and considers the erasure and construction of wilderness, whether for industry or leisure. Recent projects explore the preservation of arboreal and botanical environments through conservation, urban parks, and memory – be it personal, collective or held within the land.
Drawing on both found media imagery and first-hand observations, Relly works with the fluid and unpredictable qualities of her materials and processes to present impressions of natural and urban spaces in states of uncertainty or impermanence. As part of her research, she has visited and studied diverse locations such as Svalbard in the Arctic Circle, The Eden Project in Cornwall, and the fabricated oasis of the Las Vegas Strip.
Relly’s work has been exhibited and collected widely in the United Kingdom and internationally, appearing in group exhibitions at The Royal Academy of Arts, The National Maritime Museum and Oliver Projects in London; SMITH, Cape Town and Galerie Rue Visconti, Paris. Her work is held in collections such as Spier and Ellerman House in South Africa, and Hogan Lovells, Simmons Contemporary and the National Maritime Museum in London. She has had solo exhibitions hosted by The House of St Barnabas, The Place Downstairs and Brocket Gallery in London. Artist residencies include Arteles, Finland (2016), RE·THINK: Environment, National Maritime Museum, London (2015), Pocantico, Rockefeller Brother Fund, New York (2015), and The Arctic Circle, Svalbard (2014).
Relly has been commissioned twice (2018 and 2019) by award winning curatorial charity Hospital Rooms to create permanent work for locked and secure mental health units in the UK. During 2017 she donated a share of the proceeds from all her sales towards World Land Trust for the purchase and protection of tropical rain forest.