About the artwork
“The Masterpiece” a painting by female artist ‘Tanya Tansaringkan’ that was inspired by her visit to one of the most renowned Basilicas in Barcelona, “La Sagrada Famlia,” designed by a famous architect ‘Antoni Gaudi’ in Spain. Tanya Tansaringkan has captured the moment when she visits Spain and tried to convey her feeling of that beautiful moment of ‘La Sagrada Família’ and painted it into this artwork.
The History Of The Sagrada Família
Perhaps the most famous Barcelona landmark of all, the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, more commonly known as simply the ‘Sagrada Família’ is a Roman Catholic church designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. It attracts over 2.8 million visitors each year and is one the world’s most iconic churches.
Construction began on the Sagrada Família in 1882, but remarkably the architect Antoni Gaudí did not become involved with the project until 1883 and was appointed director in 1884. Gaudí was aware that he would not be alive to oversee the full construction of the building but left detailed designs to guide its completion. In fact only a quarter of the construction had been completed when Gaudí tragically died in 1926. The building of the church is still not complete today, and it is estimated that the current construction represents only 70% of the final design. Despite this, the edifice was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 and declared a minor basilica.
The Sagrada Família is famous for being one of the most iconic examples of Antoni Gaudí’s unique style, combining elements of Art Nouveau, Catalan Modernism and Spanish Late Gothic design. The theme of nature figures prominently in Gaudí’s design, both in terms of symbolism and the use of organic shapes and forms. The church, when completed, will have three facades each with their own theme and style: the Nativity Facade (dedicated to the birth of Jesus), the Passion Facade (dedicated to the passion of Christ) and the Glory Facade (dedicated to the glory of Jesus). The original design calls for 18 spires in total, representing the 12 Apostles, the four Evangelists, Mary and Jesus. So far, only eight spires have been completed and it is expected that when the building is complete, it will be the tallest church in the world.
ANTONI GAUDI : Catalan Architect and Designer
It is difficult for us today to believe that the most famous modern Spanish architect met his demise when, at age 73, he was run over by a tram and assumed to be an ordinary beggar for a full day before he was finally identified, too late to be nursed back to health. Yet Antoni Gaudí’s pious Catholicism and devotion to a spartan regimen had come to define his character almost completely by the last decade of his life, which he devoted almost exclusively to the construction of his arguably most famous work, the Sagrada Família church in Barcelona.
Over Gaudí’s nearly fifty years of independent practice, he concocted and realized some of the most imaginative architectural forms in history, all of them in his native Catalonia, which have since become synonymous with the region’s identity. The best-known – and most individualistic – representative of Catalan Modernisme (Art Nouveau), Gaudí has fascinated and inspired generations of architects, designers, and even engineers. Today his work attracts a global following with some of the most distinctive, idiosyncratic, and recognizable designs of all time.
Get to know the Artist
Tanya Tansaringkan received her bachelor’s degree from the London College of Fashion and then pursued her master’s degree at Marangoni Istituto (Milan College at London Campus).
After her graduation, she interned on a project co-designing for Mulberry and Agent Provocateur, two British fashion brands. Soon after, she began her career as a fashion designer and ran her own fashion brand for several years. She was also a Fashion Lecturer at Bangkok University.
But during the pandemic of Covid-19, Due to having more time for herself, she has discovered her new passion in painting as a new avenue for her to transform her passion in fashion, her thoughts and ideas through canvas. She first began to draw her painting which became her debut at Solo Exhibition ‘Variety Surreal: Fashioned interpreted onto Canvas” at River City where fashion, her creativity, and her desire of surrealism were all influences in her new passion in her almost 20 painting.
Surrealism aims to revolutionise the human experience. It balances a rational vision of life with one that asserts the power of the unconscious and dreams. The movement’s artists find magic and strange beauty in the unexpected and the uncanny, the disregarded and the unconventional. This became the reason that made the strong enthusiastic”Tanya” begin to pick up the brush and express her feelings full of emotions and dreams, and transfer it on her canvas like writing a diary!
Variety Surreal : Fashion interpreted on canvas : 2 Dec 2021 – 20 Feb 2022 River City Bangkok