Tanya Elloitt Nyegaard was born in Copenhagen in 1965 and came to Ireland as a child. A graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design (1983 - 1987) Her influences include Ingres, Matisse and Brancussi. She runs the Dublin Art Foundry along with John Gannon and Les Manning.
Tanya worked in a Pottery Studio in Denmark for one year with Tue Poulson (Ceramicist)
Her uncommissioned work is mainly figurative capturing the essence of a pose, mood or emotion.
"My uncommissioned work is mainly figurative and has been since I began making sculpture. If you were to try to find an underlying aspiration in my work it would be an attempt to get the essence of a pose, mood or emotion in the figure. I prefer to work directly from a model and often you will see I have not "filled in all the gaps" for the audience. I like the notion also of working in wax, a soft malleable material and then casting in bronze. The transition from one to the other fascinates me."
Her public commissions include a special commission for the Imperial Prince of Japan from the Irish Government. A "Fish Column" for Dundalk UDC and a life size "Garda and Park Bench" for Glen Dimplex (documented in an exhibition at the R H A. She has exhibited her work in Limerick City Art Gallery R H, Iontas and Oireachtas Annual exhibitions.