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Tja Ling Hu is a visual artist and illustrator based in the Netherlands.


For Tja Ling, words can feel restrictive. Her drawings are the way she translates and shares her explorations into the psyche, looking for answers to questions buried deep among different dimensions, be they philosophical, psychological or found in psychedelic experiences. Minute details, soft shades and playful lines invite the viewer up close, making them part of an intimate exchange open to personal interpretation. Although her works are figurative, there’s room for the creation of individual narratives, allowing traditional boundaries of culture and privacy to be transcended. Emotions and intuition are the conversations that arise in interaction with Tja Ling’s work, with the image forming the first piece of dialog. Universal connectedness as both question and conclusion, with each subconscious playing its part.

She studied Fashion Communication in Utrecht after which she discovered her passion for drawing. In 2011, she decided to study illustration at the Luca School of Arts in Ghent, where she completed a Masters in Fine Arts in 2016. A year later she won the Fiep Westendorp Stimuleringsprijs with her project Before I Was Born. In 2020 she showed the completed project in the Amsterdam Museum together with a publication of the work. She received grants from Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industry and Stichting Stokroos. Her drawings have been shown at the Vriend van Bavink gallery, This Art Fair, Art on Paper, among others. In addition to her personal work, she also works on commission. Her clients include NRC, Rose Stories, Muze, de Morgen.