Tina Spratt was born in Somerset in 1976. She completed her education at the University of Wolverhampton, graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Illustration. However, Tina's passion for painting and drawing the human figure persuaded her to concentrate on a professional career in fine art. Tina has previously exhibited works at the 1999 Royal Bath & West of England Art Show, together with a highly successful debut at the Maze Gallery in Cardiff that autumn. Since this debut, she has featured on BBC Radio and on national television. She was also selected to compete in the annual BP National Portrait Competition in London and participated in the 2005 London Contemporary Arts Fair. Her work was first debuted in Dublin in the Oisín Gallery's Summer Event Exhibition in 2005.
Attracted to the methods of painters such as Lucian Freud and Rembrandt, Tina’s own approach involves emphasizing light and mood. Her present style has been developed through many years of experimenting with palette, textures and perspectives - although the inclusion of fabric within her compositions has always been an enduring feature.
In the context of profound social and cultural change, artists have employed radical approaches to address the body, as both subject and object, and as a means of exploring themes and individuality. The question of how to represent the human figure has preoccupied artists since the earliest times. Many of the great creative struggles of the modern era can be seen as attempts to move beyond or away from studio conventions to achieve a more authentic relationship with the human subject. Technological advances in photography in the twentieth century have led to its increasingly important and innovative role in artistic expression - be it as the final creation or part of a process. Tina’s choice to photograph her subjects and reconstruct the image in oil does not entirely result in a photographic likeness. Instead, she captures an atmosphere and beautifully reveals private, transitory moments.
''I have always been fascinated by the skill and draughtsmanship involved in painting and drawing, one form inevitably developing the other.
In my own painting a great emphasis is placed on the execution of the work, I tend to paint in many layers so building up the glow of light and depth I require, conveying the mood. The subjects I am drawn to have a classical background with influences from Rembrandt and Caravaggio, to the romantic paintings of the pre Raphaelites such as Millais, and the atmospheric rooms of Hammershoi, either for the way they portrayed figures and everyday scenes ... ''