St. Ives, UK: Visual Artist Tess Sheerin

Tess Sheerin moved from New Zealand to England in 2008 to pursue her art career. She is now based in St. Ives, Cornwall, being a surfer she wants to be close to the sea and in her studio she has been turning broken surfboards into works of art.

Tess Sheerin Takes Part In Urban Art Show 2011 At St. Ives
At the moment Tess Sheerin is taking part in a group show in St. Ives, where she is presenting works from her art project ‘Sea School’ – a series of painted surfboards. The group show, titled the Urban Art Show 2011, at Belgraves Modern & Contemporary Art Gallery, 22 Fore Street, St. Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HE, UK, runs through September 5 2011.

Tess Sheerin creating an art piece out of a broken old surfboard. This is one of many surfboards she has recycled.

Related links
Article about Urban Art Show 2011 at Belgraves’ blog
Article about Tess Sheerin and her works: ‘Sea School by Tess Sheerin’ at Feminine Moments
Tess Sheerin’s website and online shop

‘Sea School’ by Tess Sheerin

Text: Kate Bambury

Tess Sheerin in her studio

Tess Sheerin in her studio

St Ives, UK, is Cornwall’s artistic hub, and is pretty much a sanctuary for artists. Here, in a rather unique set up of Higher Bussow Farm Studios is where I find Tess Sheerin: self-taught Kiwi/Brit artist and board sports junkie.

Influenced by a fusion of favourite artist MC Esher, Japanese art, street graffiti and the old-school surrealist movement, Tess’ art captures and enchants, whisking the viewer away to the heady realms of magic, lust and curiosity. Upon the walls of her studio I discover a weird and wonderful display of scribbles, sketches, illustrations and paintings. Some are old projects, and others snippets of inspiration, but what clearly stand outare a series of old and broken surfboards that have been recycled and each had an extreme makeover!

Sculptures from the 'Sea School' project by Tess Sheerin 2011

Sculptures from the ‘Sea School’ project by Tess Sherrin:
‘Sexy Fish Lady’, Surfboard, slate, charcoal, airbrush, airbrush, 54cm x 115cm [left] and ‘Glass Lass’, Surfboard, charcoal, blackboard paint, glass, 50cm x 91cm [right].

‘Sexy Fish Lady’ was the first,” Tess says, as she points to a mal surfboard that appears to facade a voluptuous mermaid diving into the water. Her scales are made from a combination of slate and charcoal engraving, while her arse is the centre point of the board and oozes an erotic element in shape, texture and colour.
“The idea came to me after a surf one day,” Tess explains. “I discovered an old board beside a tip that was snapped in half and beat up. When I peeled off the fibreglass, I found the watermarks left on the foam underneath from our trademark Cornish weather were amazing!” And like that, ‘Sexy Fish Lady’ was born.

Tess unveils a little of her background, explaining how she left behind an art school scholarship in her hometown of Christchurch NZ, and some of the best snowboarding terrain in the world to come to the UK. “Choosing to uproot my life and move to the UK to pursue my art, and basically start from the beginning again was a huge change for me. But the art scene is in Europe or America, and I had to go for it or I knew I would regret it forever.
“I started out in wacky Brighton, I loved many things there but felt no real connection… I just found myself treading water in a sea of poor budding creatives. Cornwall though, reminded me of my roots.”

Sculptures from the 'Sea School' project by Tess Sheerin

Sculptures from the ‘Sea School’ project by Tess Sheerin:
‘Hibernation’, Surfboard, slate, charcoal, carving, airbrush, 53cm 175cm [left] and ‘Brick Deep’, Surfboard, stencil, airbrush, carving, charcoal, paint pens 46cm x 149cm [right].

Tess’ style works perfectly with this medium the recycled surfboards, resulting in a unique mash-up of sensuality, eroticism and found art. The surf series, appropriately titled ‘Sea School’, probably incorporates more graphic design techniques than her previous works, although all of Tess’ myriad skills are used to vivid effect. Airbrushing, charcoal, mark-making, stencilling, carving, collage, and glass cutting are all on display, and in top form. “Creating keeps me sane,” Tess announces. “If I don’t have a balance of sport and art happening in my life, I go crazy and get all wound up, and sometimes feel depression getting its hands on me. This surf project has returned a real sense of harmony and balance to my life. ”

‘Sea School’ will be on display in a number of exhibitions throughout the UK in 2011. Don’t miss out on seeing this bold new project from Tess Sheerin:

9th July – 1st September, McAllister Thomas Fine Art, Surrey
15th July – 15th August, The Gallery Newquay, Cornwall
17th August – 31st August, Belgraves St Ives, Cornwall
1st November – 30th November, Graffik Gallery, London.

Related Links
Tess Sheerin’s website and online shop

Naturally Nude by Tess Sheerin

Text and photos by Tess Sheerin

Naturally Nude by Tess Sheerin
When: 15th Feb- 31st March 2011
Where: Sh! Womenstore
Unit 4, 253 Portobello Road (entrance is on Lancaster Road)
W11 1LR, London, UK

 'Banana Pancakes' painting by Tess Sheerin

 ‘Banana Pancakes’ painting by Tess Sheerin

Naturally Nude
Tess Sheerin is back with a new and exciting expo at the new Sh! Womenstore.

Her sensual work comes from an ever-changing, dream-like blend of beauty, fantasy, eroticism and admiration for the female form. Self-taught, Tess’ new works incorporate more graphic design techniques than her earlier projects, using a myriad of skills to vivid effect.

This show incorporates some art from her ‘Refreshingly Honest’ body of work, which depicts women in erotic pose as a means of exploring the artists own sexuality, while touching on themes of love and intimacy and some brand new original artwork! As Tess describes:

‘I started drawing women in more erotic poses as a way of exploring my own interest in sexuality on paper. I think some women individually are beautiful but together intimately…thats quite amazing. The curves and shapes are so delicate, yet so powerful!

‘This exhibition further explores my love for the female form and in a new waythe dimensions of womens sexuality.’

Tess’ is now based in St Ives, Cornwall. Don’t miss out on seeing this show from an up and coming Kiwi/Brit artist, that will leave you feeling frankly hot and bothered!

'Lola', painting by Tess Sheerin

‘Lola’, painting by Tess Sheerin

'Bath girls', painting by Tess Sheerin

‘Bath girls’, painting by Tess Sheerin

'I can see you', painting by Tess Sheerin

‘I can see you’, painting by Tess Sheerin

'Waterfall girls', painting by Tess Sheerin

‘Waterfall girls’, painting by Tess Sheerin

Related Link
Tess Sheerin’s online portfolio