Tanya Chaitow

A cup of sea to sail in

1 November - 26 November

"We set off in boats. The stars were the lights on top of the masts. We didn't know that stars are like fossils, imprints of the past, sending light like a message, like a dying wish. We set off in boats, thought we'd sail to the rim of the world and slip over the edge like a raft on a waterfall, spinning to the place we knew existed, if we dared to find it."
A gap in time. Jeanette Winterson

Early explorers set off into the unknown. They circled the world like satellites aiming to reinvent themselves and rewrite history. Guided only by the moon and stars they searched the Unknown for freedom and a piece of land. The traveller and eternity under the vast cloudless sky.

The moon circles the earth once every 28 days. She must find the reflection of its fullness in the sea, and then slowly turn her face away as if searching for something new or looking for something lost a long time ago. And so we continue as the explorers of our hopes. History repeats itself. Our brief excursions through time leave barely a trace.
We travel through life heavily bound by our expectations and disappointments. We are like turtles flying through the sky. Guided by starlight we set sail on our paper boats. We are inconsequential against the elements. All our hopes and dreams are like a pocket of air in an upturned boat as we struggle to find our way in the dark. We find our reflections, full, in the sea, and we slowly turn our faces away
In the image and likeness of the moon, we rewrite ourselves.
Tanya Chaitow.

A Cup of Sea to sail in invites the viewer on an emotive journey. Speaking to the inner child within the adult, TANYA CHAITOW's fanciful paintings and drawings blur past and present, fact and fiction, internal and external reality, to engage the viewer's imagination. Adopting a naive style, CHAITOW is able to work intuitively to capture fleeting mental states and her poetic works are charged with a powerful psychological resonance.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, TANYA CHAITOW immigrated to Australia in 1978. She completed her Masters of Fine Art at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales at the end of 2007. CHAITOW has had seven solo exhibitions since 2007 and exhibited in over fifty-five group shows since 1988. Her work is represented in both public and private collections in Australia, South Africa and the USA.


The first days of spring by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The first days of spring
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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Silently I thank you by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Silently I thank you
acrylic on board
36 x 28 cm
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A bushell for your thoughts by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
A bushell for your thoughts
acrylic on board
36 x 28 cm
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I don't know where history ends and the present begins by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
I don't know where history ends and the present begins
acrylic on board
28 x 36 cm
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Looking for something lost by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Looking for something lost
acrylic on board
30 x 23 cm
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Moving home by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moving home
acrylic on board
30 x 23 cm
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There's always a cup of sea to sail in by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
There's always a cup of sea to sail in
acrylic on board
30 x 23 cm
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Washed by the stars by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Washed by the stars
acrylic and graphite on board
25 x 20 cm
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The moon holds us fast by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The moon holds us fast
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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Traveling to something else by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Traveling to something else
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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Battle of the day before by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Battle of the day before
charcoal on paper
173 x 132 cm
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Botanica 1 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Botanica 1
charcoal on paper
126 x 148 cm
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Botanica 2 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Botanica 2
charcoal on paper
133 x 148 cm
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Botanica 3 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Botanica 3
charcoal on paper
138 x 148 cm
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Heartfelt by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Heartfelt
charcoal on paper
125 x 145 cm
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Mind the gap by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Mind the gap
charcoal on paper
220 x 116 cm
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The meeting by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The meeting
charcoal and collage on paper
210 x 145 cm
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Thinking of Ned by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Thinking of Ned
charcoal on paper
87 x 116 cm
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Salty rhythm by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Salty rhythm
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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All depends on never stepping through a doorway by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
All depends on never stepping through a doorway
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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For the ritual greeting by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
For the ritual greeting
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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He knows the secret nature by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
He knows the secret nature
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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He understands night by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
He understands night
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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In a space between silence by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
In a space between silence
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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In the eyes of the trees all will be clear
Tanya Chaitow
In the eyes of the trees all will be clear
acrylic on board
26 x 18 cm
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In the mouth of their dreams by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
In the mouth of their dreams
acrylic and graphite on board
25 x 20 cm
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Just this river, just this moon by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Just this river, just this moon
acrylic on board
26 x 72 cm
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Last nights dreams by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Last nights dreams
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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Looking for the river that was by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Looking for the river that was
acrylic on board
26 x 18 cm
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Something lost long ago by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Something lost long ago
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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Soon the trees will look at me as I once looked at them by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Soon the trees will look at me as I once looked at them
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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The calendar of a sleepwalker by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The calendar of a sleepwalker
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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The garden of memory by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The garden of memory
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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The sky is waiting at the end of the street 1 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The sky is waiting at the end of the street 1
acrylic on board
26 x 18 cm
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The sky is waiting at the end of the street 11 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The sky is waiting at the end of the street 11
acrylic on board
25 x 41 cm
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The sky is waiting at the end of the street 3
Tanya Chaitow
The sky is waiting at the end of the street 3
acrylic on board
25 x 41 cm
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The sky is waiting at the end of the street 4
Tanya Chaitow
The sky is waiting at the end of the street 4
acrylic on board
25 x 41 cm
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The sky is waiting at the end of the street 5
Tanya Chaitow
The sky is waiting at the end of the street 5
acrylic on board
86 x 82 cm
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The sky is waiting at the end of the street 6
Tanya Chaitow
The sky is waiting at the end of the street 6
acrylic on board
86 x 82 cm
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The sky is waiting at the end of the street 7
Tanya Chaitow
The sky is waiting at the end of the street 7
acrylic on board
86 x 82 cm
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The sky is waiting at the end of the street 8
Tanya Chaitow
The sky is waiting at the end of the street 8
acrylic on board
86 x 82 cm
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The sky needs only its shadows by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The sky needs only its shadows
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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The still water that mirrors the world by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The still water that mirrors the world
acrylic on board
26 x 18 cm
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The stillness of this half hour by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The stillness of this half hour
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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The strangeness of this world by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The strangeness of this world
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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The tones that unite thunder and raindrops by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The tones that unite thunder and raindrops
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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Towards your beloved by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Towards your beloved
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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Where the water tastes of stars by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Where the water tastes of stars
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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Words beyond speech by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Words beyond speech
acrylic on board
26 x 18 cm
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This life which begins tomorrow by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
This life which begins tomorrow
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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They float above the downpour by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
They float above the downpour
acrylic on board
25 x 20 cm
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Does my bum look big in this? by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Does my bum look big in this?
acrylic on board
86 x 82 cm
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The sky is waiting at the end of the street 9
Tanya Chaitow
The sky is waiting at the end of the street 9
acrylic on board
86 x 82 cm
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The sky is waiting at the end of the street 10 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The sky is waiting at the end of the street 10
acrylic on board
25 x 41 cm
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Swimming lessons by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Swimming lessons
acrylic on board
26 x 18 cm
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Self portrait: a step in time by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Self portrait: a step in time
charcoal and acrylic on paper
149 x 120 cm
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Tree Song (4 works) by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Tree Song (4 works)
collage and acrylic on paper
45 x 48 cm each
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In the forest by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
In the forest
charcoal on paper
114 x 114 cm
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