Tamar Kander

My work is neither figurative nor abstract, rather I see it as a metaphor for experience. We all have collective memory, as well as highly individual thoughts and associations.
The statements embodied in my work come ultimately from a place that I believe is present in all of us – a central core or spiritual store-house unique to each of us.

I work with a variety of materials, including powdered gesso, cold wax, dry-wall compound, acrylic medium, marble dust and oils. I build my surfaces onto canvas, after making sketches, notes and diagrams which can be found in my sketch-books, on scraps of paper, and scrawled on the walls of my studio. I then continue the process of realizing my initial idea – my subjective response – by adding more layers, some comprised of pigment, all the while refining and continuing to build up the image, while introducing ink, graphite and oil sticks.

Although primarily non-representational, my work is influenced by landscape and architectural symbols, and our relationship to these factors. I attempt to expose the beauty hidden in the so-called mundanity of everyday life.

I have lived in several countries and have enjoyed the stimulation of travel as well as that of different environments. I grew up in Israel and South Africa. Following matriculation I received a BA in Fine Arts, after which I spent six months traveling and studying art in Italy (a scholarship awarded to me as a merit of excellence from the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg). In the UK I pursued a double master’s degree in Fine Art and Art Therapy at the University of London, Goldsmiths, England. Following my time in London, I moved to New York where I attended the Art Students League, where I received another scholarship, and studied printmaking. After several years in Manhattan, I moved to a university town in the Midwest, where I live on a lake with my husband, a ceramic artist who teaches as well as produces beautiful studio sculpture.

My work is represented in public and private international, as well as national collections.


Tamar Kander is a painter who has a studio just outside Bloomington, Indiana, where she lives with her husband and several animals.

She has won many awards and grants both locally and nationally. Her mixed media paintings are represented in museum and corporate collections both in North and South America, as well as Europe and South Africa. Additionally, her work is included in numerous private collections nationally and internationally.

Galleries representing Tamar’s work are located in Santa Fe, Chicago, Indianapolis and Bloomington.

She has a BAFA (with honors) from the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, S.A., where she was awarded a travel scholarship to Italy for six months. She has an MFA with a double major in Painting, and Art Therapy, from Goldsmith’s college, University of London, U.K. She has studied printmaking at the Art Student’s League of New York, where she was awarded a scholarship, and won numerous awards.

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