Tangiene MartinOhara is an artist and illustrator whose practice focuses on portrait and abstract drawing. These two trajectories are linked by intuitive gestures and a play of vibrant colour. Using her friends’ photographs and social media posts as source material for her drawings, MartinOhara seeks to express a deeper connection with and consideration for her subject matter that counters the ubiquity and disposability of the original snapshot. Given that the original photographs are freely shared with her or online, the portraits celebrate the agency with which people in her life present themselves, as well as the image of themselves that they are comfortable with. She also produces abstract work with similar consideration for the use of colour. She explores the therapeutic aspects of colour and tone to create a meditative space in our lived experience.

MartinOhara earned a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2007. She is currently based in Vancouver, BC.

-Vicky Wong