Tanu Vasu, Illustrator
My interests are…
I have a love affair with the New York City ballet and performing arts in general. I'm lucky that Lincoln Center is so close — I try to go weekly in the fall. Visiting galleries in Chelsea is another deep interest. I also collect old children's books, vintage newspapers and magazines — especially when there are illustrations.
The Saatchi Gallery is amongst favorites. They've had some amazing exhibits in recent years. I also love the Royal Academy of Arts — so much to see and such lovely exteriors to take in. Some other favorites are Hauser & Wirth, Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum (which is incredible!).
I got into illustration through…
I've been drawing since I was little. Storytelling through art and illustration was something that always inspired me. Working in fashion as a designer for a decade built up my illustration skills and allowed me to explore various types of illustrations, from prints, surface design, to true fashion illustration.
I adore New York City and the endless inspiration it brings me. I often pull 'scenes' from everyday life in this magical city. I love bringing in my travels and telling unique stories through illustration. I collect postcards, matchbooks, and tokens from places I go. I'm also a map enthusiast. I use physical maps when I travel so I love illustrating guides and maps.
The artists that inspire you...
I love that art can transport you, even if it's for a few moments. You escape the reality of everyday life through art and illustration. I love the work of Florine Stettheimer and how she recreates scenes and imbues passion into her work. Her art is so fantastical—I could stare at it for days.
Continuous. I want to see more, experiment more and keep evolving.
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