Ernestine Tahedl was born in Austria and received a Master's Degree in graphic art from the Vienna Academy of Applied Arts. She immigrated to Edmonton Alberta in 1963. Participating in group and traveling shows, she also won acclaim with solo exhibitions in Austria, France, Japan, the USA and this country. Her awards include the Graduation Prize of the Austrian Government 1961 and the Allied Arts Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 1966. In 1967 she received a Canada Council Arts Award. She was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1977 and of the Ontario Society of Artists 1984. She received the Governor General's Canada 125th Anniversary Medal in 1993, the recipient of the 2000 Arts and Letters Award from the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. A retrospective of her work covering 60 years was organized by the Varley Art Gallery in Markham in 2006 and toured to several other galleries in Ontario. She is preparing for an exhibition of her work in Vienna for 2012. Her works are shown nationally and internationally and represented in Public and private collections in Canada and abroad. Her studio is in King City, Ontario
The Paintings of recent years allow me to immerse myself into “pure” painting without being lost in it. Over the years I have searched for this freedom in my work. Although I see my landscapes as not representing a particular motif or place, I always strive for the essence of the place and all that a “Landscape” can imply.
I explore and try to find the balance between the realistic image and the pictorial values for my paintings. The concept of multiple canvases and panels has always fascinated me. It leads me towards the medieval concept of religious paintings and their spirituality. I hope that spirituality and serenity are integral to my work. Colour and light are additional factors that guide my work. Colour to me is light.
For me, the works come close to a musical experience; as a result, many of the works have musical titles.
I feel the paintings are a direct, human and spiritual experience without confinement of the motif or formal restriction; yet still consist of all those elements that I have explored in my work over the years.
2010,acrylic on canvas, 46"x65"
2010, acrylic on canvas, 60"x80"
2010, Triptych, acrylic on canvas, 60"x72"
2010, acrylic on canvas, 54"x72"
2011, acrylic on canvas ,48"x130"
2012, acrylic on canvas, 54"x78"
2012,acrylic on canvas, 54"x78"
2011, acrylic on canvas, 72"x 90"