A fascination with light and shadow, reflection and refraction, pattern and water movement drives the minimalist abstraction in these paintings of real landscape. Tina Mammoser takes the contemporary search for the sublime to the extreme of simplicity. Countering an information-saturated culture where little is unknown or unexplored, these paintings create an impression of something familiar yet out of reach and indescribable. The landscape overwhelms with pure sensation.

Juxtaposed with atmospheric effect, these paintings represent striking geological rock formations on the Yorkshire coast, from the deep dark Jurassic shales of Whitby nabs to the layered sandstones of the Scarborough formation. Solidity and form is framed by colour and light.

An American-British artist, Tina identifies very strongly with the English tradition for seascape painting while still retaining a certain "midwestern" eye for landscape with flat perspective and vast open spaces. Born in Chicago, after 25 years in Britain she finally found her way to Yorkshire and now works from her studio in Scarborough. Half artist, half scientist, she brings her academic knowledge of geology and astronomy to her work - aiming to capture the mechanics of light and the visual patterns of sedimentary processes.

My work has been shown at galleries across the country and is collected internationally. I’ve had to honour to exhibit with the Pastel Society, Royal Society of Marine Artists, the National Maritime Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, at the Derwent Art Prize, and galleries on Cork Street. Projects have included astronomy drawing workshops with the Essex Wildlife Trust, a drawing residency on the New Jersey coast, painting residency on the Newfoundland coast, and time at the National Maritime Museum using their historic Camera Obscura.

Solo exhibitions

Aug 2016 Light, Grejczik Gallery
Feb 2016 Sea & Stone, new paintings for Scarborough Coastival, Grejczik Gallery
July 2015
Dogger, Grejczik Gallery, Scarborough
Mar 2012
Testing the Sublime Limits of Vision, NoFormat Gallery, London
Mar 2010
Dark, Paul McPherson Gallery, London
Apr 2009
2.73 Miles, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
Sep 2008
The English Coast Project paintings, ArtDog
Mar 2007
Gold, silver and sea, Lomas, Crouch End London
Sep 2006
Cinemascapes, commission for Greenwich Picturehouse 1st anniversary
Oct 2004
Defined Undefined, Stark Gallery London

Recent group and juried exhibitions

Jul-Aug 2016 Wooden Summer Open, Woodend Creative, Scarborough
July 2016 Platform Open Arts, Morphets of Harrogate
June 2016
Mycelium, AppleStore Gallery, Hereford
Aug-Sep 2015
Wish You Were Here, Woodend Creative, Scarborough
Jun 2015
3 Views, Grejczik Gallery, Scarborough
Jan-Mar 2015
East Coast Open, Scarborough Museums Trust
Nov-Dec 2014
Drawing: The Probity of Art, Palace Hub Gallery, Redcar
Mar 2014 Spring Exhibition, Blackheath Gallery, London
Oct 2013 Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX, USA Oct 2013 Home: Contemporary Female Masters, Sofia Gallery, Bulgarian Embassy Sep 2013 Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London Jan 2013 AmericanBrits, two-artist show, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London Jun 2013 Summer Exhibition, Blackheath Gallery, London


Private instruction with London artist and various courses (1997-2001); BSc Human Development (Honors), University of Illinois Urbana (1991); Postgraduate Diploma, English Literature (Distinction) University of Dundee (1994); MPhil, Shakespeare Textual Studies, University of Dundee (1995); MPhil, Publishing, University of Stirling (1996); BSc Open (Physics), Open University (2006); Undergraduate Diploma, Geology, Open University (2012)

Residencies, talks, and projects

Nov 2015 Geology and Art, Scarborough Art Gallery/Scarborough Museum Trust
Apr 2015
Colour in Art and Planets, Hubble 25th Anniv., Essex Wildlife Trust, Thurrock
Spring 2014 Series of Astronomy and Art talks, Essex Wildlife Trust, Thurrock
Jan 2012 Drawing Residency, Ocean Grove, NJ, USA
Feb 2002 Artist in Residence, Pouch Cove, Newfoundland
Mar 2002 Camera Obscura project and exhibition, Royal Observatory, Greenwich