The word figurative, as a departure from the literal use of language, means representation through symbol or metaphor. Figurative painting offers a wide scope for imagination because the artist is communicating an idea though the image, and it connects with a whole constellation of thoughts, feelings and associations. For the past few years I’ve been working on an ongoing series that explores themes of personal and psychological interaction and motivation. Using family members and close friends as models, or characters, I create scenes that appear “real” though they never actually occurred as they are painted. My ideas are communicated through Jungian archetypes and through signs and symbols of a more personal nature. Time is used fluidly, with layers of different time periods overlapping in a single moment. What intrigues me about figurative painting is that, through a visual medium, the artist can communicate so much more than what is contained in the visible world.

“Alexandra Tyng’s figurative paintings have always said more about her subjects than the physical characteristics she paints. . . . Her symbols are often the universal archetypes of  Jung seen through an intensely personal lens.”

― John O’Hern