'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...
The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...
On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...
Tess Jaray, Aleppo - The Light Surrounded (2016) (detail). Paint on panel. 194 x 200 cm. © Tess Jaray, 2017. All rights reserved. Courtesy Karsten Schubert and Marlborough Fine Art, London.
There’s a physical quality to Tess Jaray’s paintings that comes through even in digital reproductions. Scrolling through an email containing images from Into Light, an exhibition of her work open at Marlborough Fine Art in London through June 17, feels a bit like walking into a shaft of sunlight in an ancient alley.
Examining the geometry of pattern, repetition and colour within her surroundings, Tess Jaray has explored painterly perspective for more than five decades. Jaray focuses on producing the illusion of space, using perspective to create a field of spatial paradox that equates to distance and closeness in the mind. In many of her works the area of pattern is contained by a strong, grounding background colour, thereby controlling the movement of the forms.
Tess Jaray (b.1937) was born in Vienna, Austria and to moved to UK in 1938. She currently lives and works in London. The artist studied at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1954-57) and later at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1957-60).
Taking inspiration from Islamic tilling, non-Western structures and Renaissance architecture. The exhibition is formed from a selection of new and early works with large-scale paintings of the theme of Aleppo and a series of small vibrant works, as well as drawings from throughout her career.
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