Tyra Tingleff

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Tyra Tingleff (1984, Hönefoss, 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.

Typically kept to a portrait format, Tyra Tingleff’s expansive visual world is fluid, punk, unrestrained– limitless. Combining a manifold of techniques in her oil paintings on raw canvas, Tingleff balances vibrant shades and hues that refract like sedimentary layers. With an infinity of decisions coursing beneath each trace the paint leaves behind, Tingleff’s work operates at the spillage of foreground and background. Gathering various layers of pigment, Tingleff creates immense fields of color that twist and marble as they pool and sink together on the untreated fabric. Dripping and staining the linen, her smooth layers of paint appear molten, obscuring any points of reference the eye searches for. This manipulation of depth and her distinctive style allows Tingleff to stand out amongst the long lineage of abstract painters who came before her. By appealing directly to the viewer, the paintings invite one into an endless loop of deciphering, composing a febrile universe punctuated by the chance possibilities that went into each piece. 

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

Solo and group exhibitions include: Kunstnerfubundet, Oslo; 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.

Collections include: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Athens, Athens; Stortinget (The Norwegian Parliament), Oslo; Canica Art Collection, Oslo and Kistefos Museet, Olso.



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

Your Silence Awakens the Madness in Me, Bianca D’alessandro, Copenhagen

There are so many places I haven’t been in my closest surroundings, Kewenig Galerie, Palma de Mallorca

Imagine it Wet…, ChertLüdde, Berlin
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

My Demons My Angels, ChertLüdde, Berlin

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

Bibliography – Selected Articles:

“Tyra Tingleff “Imagine It Wet… at ChertLüdde”, Mousse, 26 October, online.

“Tyra Tingleff-Interview”, on Floorr Magazine,  online. 
“Tyra Tingleff: Will Always be the Opposite review” by Eddy Frankel, on Time Out London Magazine, online. 

“Tyra Tingleff I gave the postman your name” by Anna Szarflarski, on artmap, online. 
“Cheerful Narrative Detail ad Meaningful Restraint Niki de Saint Phalle, Albert Oehlen, Jorunn Hancke Ogstad and Tyra Tingleff in Fine Art”, on Wall Street Journal, online. 
“Tyra Tingleff + Ströme (2015)” by Roxana,  on AQNB, online. 

“Tyra Tingleff at Studiolo #12”, on Juliet Magazine, online.  

Catalogues – Publications:

Of course I’m Not Sorry, Solo Publication with Mousse Publishing, 2020