25 Easey Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Thursday ~ Friday : 15:00 ~ 18:00
Saturday ~ Sunday : 12:00 ~ 18:00
Tanja Jade was born in Brisbane, Australia in the year of the Lord 1982. Her formative years were spent taunting crocodiles, avoiding giant falling mangos and committing the characters that inhabited her daydreams and nightmares to paper. By the age of seven she was cleaning up the competition at the annual Bracken Ridge Primary School paint off and could draw a wilder beast in five seconds flat. At the tender age of 12, TJ left home and caught a ride on a fishing boat to Tahiti. On route they encountered a terrible storm and had to dock at Auckland, New Zealand to wait for the seas to calm. Two days later the ship set sail but Tanja remained behind in what would become her new home.
Being a studious young woman, TJ decided that education was important and enrolled in Auckland Metropolitan Collage, a school where the emphasis was on lunchtime and smoking rather than education. Here her love of art was nurtured and she was gifted a new painting title ‘Misery’. Soon her distinctive characters were gracing the streets of Auckland and gallery walls around the country.
After leaving school Misery travelled the world holding successful exhibitions in the United States and Europe and having a wonderful time in general. On her return to New Zealand she launched her clothing label and made enough money to set up a small pug dog farm in Muriwai. Her shows continued to grow in popularity regularly selling out on the opening night. Misery’s recognition has attracted countless media attention, including a half hour award winning documentary produced by Sticky Pictures.