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Tango Art Project
YirajeTango is a co-founder of Tango Art Project, established together with the local artists Karen Strang, Susanne Williams and Catherine King.
The project brings together tango dancing and live sketching, painting, photography, poetry and tango art exhibitions. At our events, you can see tango art in action in many shapes and forms. While dancers are dancing, the artists are creating their wonderful works of art, which are on display at our events. As such, the project significantly enriches our tango environment.
Tango Art project started in Alloa, and was initiated by Suzanne Williams, and Karen Strang from the Marcelle House. We have recently moved the event to the Stirling Arcade, which serves as a perfect laboratory of tango art.
Catherine King has been perfecting her live sketching skills for the last two years during our classes and social dance events. She is a practicing Artist and Part time Lecturer in Drawing Painting and Printmaking at Forthvalley College. She has recently been elected President of the Glasgow Society of women Artists and is Secretary of Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop. She has exhibited Printmaking and painting widely throughout the UK, in Hong Kong, Japan and Canada. Her work has been exhibited in Society exhibition: SSA, VAS, PAI and RGI . Catherine’s practice is varied with themes including Human form through observation and juxtaposition of scale and space. An integral part of her work is drawing from life and the live model. Drawing while Tango is in progress has taken her on a journey into understanding the dance, its movement, passion, complexity and feeling the music she believes this brings an honesty and integrity to the artwork and reflects a fluidity of movement previously undiscovered by her.
Karen Strang. A Scottish-Polish heritage defines the visual language expressed in paint by Karen Strang. Juxtaposing bright coloured motifs of European folklore with muted hues of the landscape, Strang has been equally inspired by travels through Central Europe and working plein air in Scotland.
A graduate of Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art, she was encouraged by her professor Alexander Moffat to consider the political as well as the visceral aspects of painting. After receiving the Newbery Medal and the Sir William Gillies Travelling Scholarship amongst other awards, further study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw during a tumultuous political period in the mid 1980s led Strang to working in installation and performance after seeing Tadeusz Kantor.
Returning to painting in recent years, but steeped in all these influences, Strang explores expressive figuration outlining the human condition whilst utilising aspects of archetypes found in mythology and close observation of natural form.
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