About the Artist

Tamayo Leahy was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1948.  After living in New Zealand for several years,  in 1986 Tamayo moved to Carnarvon, Western Australia, with her Australian husband and then to Tasmania in 1994.  Finally she settled down in Perth in 2014.

Tamayo has been enthusiastically making art for all her life and formally graduated from the Art School at the University of Tasmania to acquire a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2007.

Her specialities are oil and acrylic painting, watercolour and silk painting, and printmaking.  Tamayo had held many solo & group exhibitions, mainly in Tasmania.  She had several art awards such as Best Print Award at the City of Burnie TasArt Exhibition in 2008.  Her unique hand-painted silk scarves are very popular.  She also taught and demonstrated silk painting in Tasmania and Perth.

In recent years Tamayo has concentrated on creating colourful images of stylized ladies which depict the harmony, not the conflict, between Japan and Australia.  “Harmony between Two Cultures” is her main theme.  She weaves the different icons from the East and the West harmoniously into her art works. Tamayo is very proud of expressing sweet images with love and hope for all humanity in her art works.  She sees her art works as bridging different cultures.

For the last three years 2011 to 2013 she took a break from art activities to undertake an amazing long-term journey around the whole of Europe, North America and Canada, visiting hundreds of fantastic art galleries and museums and being inspired by them.

Her unique style won the award of “Interesting or Unusual Design/Composition” in 2017 and “Innovative, Imaginative, Original Thought” in 2019 at local exhibitions in Perth.    

Website

http://tamayoleahy.wordpress.com

Phone

0459 794 728

“Life is always full of new challenges”

Gorgeous Peony

$500 – Unframed
$600 – Framed

57cm x 37cm

I was stunned to come across breathtaking gorgeous peonies in a private garden in Japan.  The peonies were absolutely outstanding and lively.   I felt they are proud of their beauty to give a great joy to human beings.  I took a brush to show their ultimate beauty to everybody.

If you are interested in viewing / buying please contact me on brian.tamayo.leahy@gmail.com

Surfer’s Paradise

$500 – Unframed
$600 – Framed

57cm x 37cm – Matted & Unframed

I had been wishing to paint the movements of ocean waves. Fortunately, I watched a Surfing Competition on TV.  I managed to take several photos through the screen.  I painted a few from different angles.  They are all interesting.  I will paint more of dynamic ocean waves.

If you are interested in viewing / buying please contact me on brian.tamayo.leahy@gmail.com

Unforgettable Santorini

$500 – Unframed
$600 – Framed

57cm x 37cm

I travelled around all Europe by motorhome for two years. There are thousands of impressive places and Santorini was one of the unforgettable places.  From now on I will continue to paint memorable places from my journey.  Next project is “Taj Mahal”.

If you are interested in viewing / buying please contact me on brian.tamayo.leahy@gmail.com

Harmony Between Two Cultures

$300 – Unframed
$350 – Framed

40cm x 29cm

This is my lifetime theme of my making art.  I realized at Uni “I should create my own unique artworks which can only be made by myself, not others.”  These images represent a harmonious life between Japan and Australia.  A Camellia is a Japanese symbol, too.

If you are interested in viewing / buying please contact me on brian.tamayo.leahy@gmail.com

Sweet Memory

$300 – Unframed
$350 – Framed

29cm x 40cm

These traditional hair decorations made of turtle shell  belonged to my mother  and now I have kept them after she passed away.  What a high quality of craftsmanship to make them!!   This is a great creation of real art!!

If you are interested in viewing / buying please contact me on brian.tamayo.leahy@gmail.com

Battery Point, Tasmania

NFS

66cm x 79cm – Matted & Unframed

This is one of my best paintings that I made in Tasmania.  The medium to paint Tasmanian sceneries is absolutely watercolour.   Delicate and timeless!   I was in TAS for 20 years, so this is my memorable painting.

If you are interested in viewing / buying please contact me on brian.tamayo.leahy@gmail.com