Tay Dall

Acclaimed Artist, Tay Dall is seen as the "Mother of Abstract Art in South Africa" by mainstream media. She is represented by over 34 galleries in three continents and has participated in numerous successful group and solo exhibitions throughout the world.

Tay studied fine art at the Michaelis Shool of Art, UCT.  She then enrolled for Critical Studies in Film at the University of Southern California, followed by an Interactive Multimedia course at the American Film Institute. She soon was promoted to assistant derector, but found film "too collaborative a medium" and began managing an art gallery and producing more of her own work.

After eleven years in the cultural melting pot of Los Angeles a longing for South Africa made Tay return to South Africa in1995.

Tay's Style Statement

There is absolutely no one way to describe my work.  It may fall under the clichè of "it's for me to know and for you to find out".  I do not fall into any canons of modern art, I do not school myself after the masters of my time, I do not express a social or political cause and I don not pretend to paint for a particular audience.  I do, however, paint to the purest pleasure of creation, for the free flow of subconcious thought, for the need to escape the confines of law and order.  If I have to describe my work in one sentence, I would say it is pure-raw-genuine soul.  My soul. What you see is what you get.
To me, the circle of life begins and ends in the same exact spot.  There is often furious circular quality evident in my compositions.  Many of the organic forms in my works are but mere extensions of the circle.  My palette includes oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, ink, charcoal, and pencil.

Beauty is not a need
It is an ecstacy.
It is not the image you would see
Solely with the eyes,
But rather the image you see
Through the doorways of your soul - TD



Small Seasmashed

 New Optative Tablet

New Man Alone 4

New Man Alone 3


New Silver Japan