Tyra Tingleff

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Tyra Tingleff (b. 1984, Norway) lives and works between Oslo and Berlin. She graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, with a Master’s in Painting in 2013 and the National Academy of the Arts Bergen in 2008.

Tingleff’s paintings radiate color and movement. They can be seen as tests of objectivity in which background and foreground loop and invert to create a deliberately unsteady pictorial plane. While following the abstract tradition, Tingleff asserts her departure from the heaviness of its manifestos and historically male canon, drawing instead closer to the morally and aesthetically ambiguous. The works are accompanied by fragmented titles imbued with humor, vulnerability and irony, acting as disembodied guides or counterparts to the visual. Tingleff’s twin processes of layering paint and then thinning it to diaphanous traces result in hallucinatory canvases whose time formations are impossible to decipher, an infinity of decisions coursing beneath their smooth surfaces.

Solo and group exhibitions include: Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (upcoming); SALTS, Basel; Kunsthall Oslo; Kunstverein Arnsberg; The Sunday Painter, London; Frankfurt am Main. Berlin; Studio Leigh, London; RH Contemporary Art, New York; Chert, Berlin; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo;  Spazio Cabinet, Milan, among others.

Her first catalogue, Of Course I’m Not Sorry, was published by Mousse in February 2022.


2011 – 2013
Royal College of Art, Painting, MA, London, England

2007 – 2008
The Royal Academy of Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

2005 – 2008
The National Academy of the Arts Bergen, BA, Norge

Awards and Scholarships
Fegerstens Stiftelsen Award
Norwegian Cultural Department Scholarship
Ringerike Sparebankstiftelse Editorial Scholarship

Scholarship Janson Legat

Selected Solo and Duo-Exhibitions
Solo-Exhibition, ”Overlyssalen” Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
Solo-Exhibition, The Sunday Painter Gallery, London
The Sunday Painter Gallery, Frieze Art-Fair, London
Will always be the opposite, The Sunday Painter, London Solo presentation at Frame, Frieze, New York City
If you could only come back, even just for one night, ChertLüdde Gallery, Berlin Grinding your teeth to keep out the wind, The Sunday Painter, London
I gave the postman your name, Chert Gallery, Berlin
Closer Scrub, SALTS, Basel
Studiolo 12 # Tyra Tingleff, Spazio Cabinet, Milan
Rød er Blå, Tidens Krav, Oslo
When you put colour on top of colour you get black!, Peinture et Sculpture, Copenhagen
What is and what could have been, BKS Garage, Copenhagen

Selected Group Exhibitions
Tree and leaf, Hannah Barry Gallery, London
Yes to All, K60, Wilhem Hallen, Berlin
OUT NOW, curated by Isabel Parkes, Uferhallen, Berlin
Ett kollektiv Kaoskosmos, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo
Monocromes, Mario Ianelli, Rome
Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
The Summer-show 2019, The Sunday painter Gallery, London To make the Stone Stony, Galleri Golsa, Oslo
Olje og Begjær, Blomqvist og QB, Oslo
Juni-utstillingen, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo FFM last show, Frankfurt am Main. Berlin
Fickle Food upon a shifting plate, Studio Leigh, London
31 Women, Breese Little Gallery, London
Monet is my church, Dittrich&Schlechtriem Gallery, Berlin The Hidden Dimension, Mariganana Arte, Venice
From Scratch, Pictura Dordrecht, Dordrecht
Chapels, Jacob Bjørn Gallery, Aarhus
In space no one can hear you laugh, Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, Milan Leaping over a bush to surprise a Quail, Chert, Berlin
Anderland, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg
Kann uns erwärmen, was nicht brennen kann?, Mindscape Universe, Berlin Lost Doubloons Rest, RH-Contemporary, New York
Associations New, SALTS, Basel
The Beautiful Changes, RH Contemporary Art, New York Wet Paint, Dittrich & Schlechtriem Gallery, Berlin
The Fulfilment Centre, The Sunday Painter, London
Il Monaco, Ringsted Galleriet, Ringsted Painting, Winter Projects, London
Å komme hjem, Hønefoss
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool
Mytteri, Galleri Claus Christensen, Copenhagen
The Problem Perspective, Alice Gryphius Gallery, Berlin
Erasing Darkness, Freies-Museum, Berlin
The Mud-show, Hadeslevgade 36, Copenhagen
Kødboderne 18, Copenhagen Thisted Biennalen 09, Thisted
Transport, Skattfell Art Center, Seydisfjordur

Catalogues – Publications:
Of course I’m Not Sorry, Solo Publication with Mousse Publishing, 2020