Colorful painting of a woman with her face pressed to a horse

Sexy Giggles
By Tanmaya Bingham
Acrylic, colored pencil, watercolor, and glitter on panel, 2020
60 x 72 in.
Available through the Muskegon Museum of Art

Tanmaya Bingham’s dynamic series “Sexy Loud” (2019-20) is about women being their bold, raw, and badass selves. This work, “Sexy Giggles,” the largest in the series, portrays a likeness of the artist with her face pressed to a horse to show their nature as one-in-the-same. According to Bingham, “I was never into horses as a kid, but as an adult I am fascinated by their majestic, enduring, wild, and powerful presence. I also have a fondness for unicorns…hence the horn piercing out of the handbag in this artwork.”

Animal and figure accompany the word “Giggles” across the horse’s mane, which, along with the use of glitter and high-key color, brings a playfulness to the colorful, striking, and confronting composition.

The subjects in this series are strategically placed amidst a background of angular patchwork, acrylic paint, and glitter shapes that allude to a 3D space that converges to accentuate the subjects’ position. Bingham’s unconventional and sometime quirky manner of expressing the raw nature of women is refreshing and captivating.

Three works from the “Sexy Loud” series, including “Sexy Giggles,” will be featured in the upcoming traveling exhibition “Rising Voices 2: The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters” premiering at the Muskegon Museum of Art from May 28 to September 5, 2021. Inquiries about the paintings can be directed to the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Bingham has exhibited in solo exhibitions in galleries in Oregon and Santa Fe and in the cities of Melbourne and Sydney in Australia. Her works have appeared in group shows in the United States and internationally in such locales such as Tampa, Florida; Hong Kong, China; Vancouver, Canada; and Los Angeles, California and in publications including ArtSlant, Hi-Fructose, New American Paintings, Surface, Vogue Living AU, Art Collector, and The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2019, she received the 1st Place BBA Artist Prize at BBA Gallery in Berlin, Germany and 2nd Place in The 37th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition at Bradley University Gallery in Peoria, Illinois.

You can learn more about the artist at her website at and follow her on Instagram at tanmayabingham.