The Fine Arts Studio is both a destination and a beginning
for the appreciation and practice of art

The Fine Arts Studio was founded in 2006 by Taryn Millar and Michelle Kriek. The pair studied Fine Arts together at The University of The Witwatersrand from 1994 to 1998 and in 2006 took part in an Art Teacher’s Training Course in Florence, Italy with Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky (collectively known as Rosenclaire). Taryn currently runs and teaches at The Fine Arts Studio while continuing to be a practicing artist.


Taryn Millar Biography

After her Fine Arts degree, Taryn began a two and a half year apprenticeship with photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg. She worked as a gallery assistant for The Newtown Galleries and the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale and occupied the position of curator at the PhotoZA Gallery in Rosebank from 2003 to 2005. She has taught fine arts and photography for seventeen years at various institutions including the Artists’ Proof Studio in Newtown, the Wits Architecture Department and the Creative Inner City Initiative in Hillbrow.

Taryn has taken part in numerous group exhibitions over the past seventeen years, exhibiting paintings, mixed media works and photography. The most recent being “My Mother’s Garden” at Parts and Labour at ArtsOnMain, Johannesburg in November 2013, “Art On Paper” at Kalk Bay Modern and Contemporary in April 2014, Prince Albert Art Fair (Part14) in September 2014, “art/out of the ordinary” at The AVA Gallery, Cape Town in October 2015 and “Mixed Metaphors” at The Forge in Kalk Bay in September 2017. In June 2018, together with Tracy Megan, she will be exhibiting mixed media works at The AVA Gallery in Cape Town, in their exhibition titled “Re-Vision” and in September she will take part in a group exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum.  Her work is part of private and corporate collections namely, Sasol, The Legacy Group and Nedbank.