Born in 1995, Tiernan (TJ) grew up in London and his very early work in modelling clay was heavily influenced by his frequent visits to the Natural History Museum where he was fascinated with the 3 dimensional imagery and artefacts of the Dinosaur skeletons.
Over time Tiernan was influenced by artists such as Wayne Barlowe and Roger Dean and became deeply invested in the artistic juxtaposition of the ancient and the new. Developing new forms abstracted from ancient animal life and also abstracting the human form to hybrid mystical creatures. He continues to model as he needs the completion of 3 dimensions in his work, but has latterly also been exploring these forms in his drawing and painting.
In addition to his traditional focus areas, Tiernan has also been exploring, through photography, the layering of light and movement to create the sense of 3 dimensions on a flat plane.