Tessa’s artistic education includes a Figurative Painting Diploma from Heatherleys completed in 2002, following a Mathematics Degree from Exeter University and a previous career as a Japanese Fund Manager in London and Tokyo. In Autumn 2016 she returned to Somerset after living for two years in New York, where she completed a Masters Degree in Fine Art at the New York Academy of Art.
Since 2002 she has exhibited widely in exhibitions in the UK including the Threadneedle Art Prize, the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and the New English Art Club Annual Exhibitions. In 2010 she was elected to membership of the New English Art Club after being awarded the NEAC’s Cecil Jospe Prize in 2009.
2017 Moorwood Art Russell Gallery Summer and Winter Shows NEAC Annual Exhibition Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Zillah Bell Gallery, Yorkshire 2016 Moorwood Art New York Academy Of Art Tribeca Ball Exhibition Sothebys New York Take Home A Nude Exhibition Christies New York Friends Seminary Exhibition 2015 David Zwirner Friends Seminary Art Exhibition Sothebys New York Take Home A Nude Exhibition 2014 Russell Gallery Summer and Winter Shows Moorwood Art Summer and Winter Shows, London and Somerset 2013 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition Jenna Burlingham Fine Art Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Still Alive, Twenty Still Life Painters at the Mall Galleries 2012 Russell Gallery Summer and Winter Shows Moncreiffe Bray Autumn Show 2010 Elected to membership of the New English Art Club RWA Annual exhibition, one of five ‘highly commended’ paintings 2009 Josie Eastwood Fine Art Summer Exhibition Lynn Painter Stainers Art Prize 2008 The Threadneedle Art Prize, Mall Galleries
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