Deborah Tarr Biography

Deborah Tarr describes the process of painting as a 'conundrum' – a constant cycle of decision making and self-discipline. In her works, removal and restraint are often more important than adding the next thing. Her paintings are tangible and conceptual, but even in the most reductive and abstract paintings there is an organic, living line. With so much thought put into each brushstroke, finding this balance between abstraction and figuration is what Tarr does best. While some pieces are more clearly depictions of 'somewhere', other works might refer to a moment in the artist's life. Tarr's range is vast, varied and personal, and there is a world to discover in each painting, giving us an insight into the environments the artist inhabits.

Read More

'The abstract paintings of Deborah Tarr are a forceful reminder of the celebratory power of colour and its ability to work with subtlety on our spirit and emotions.' – Vanessa Jackson RA

Tarr's paintings emphasise their own materiality, her output is fine-tuned and each painting becomes a complete and individual object. This is defined as much by the grain of the canvas and the application of colour, as by the careful choice of frame. Sourcing and choosing the frame is a vital part of Tarr's artistic process. From antique and reclaimed to clean and modern custom-made frames, the juxtaposition of traditional and modern, organic and man-made, is what makes her work unique, powerful and universal.

Text courtesy Cadogan Gallery.

Deborah Tarr
featured artworks

View 22 More
Coastal Path, Mediterranean by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Coastal Path, Mediterranean, 2024 Oil on canvas
131 x 136 cm
Sold
Cadogan Gallery
Winter, Cheshire by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Winter, Cheshire, 2024 Oil on canvas
35 x 35 cm
Sold
Cadogan Gallery
Bad Buffalo by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Bad Buffalo, 2024 Oil on canvas
23 x 23 cm
Sold
Cadogan Gallery
Celeste by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Celeste, 2024 Oil on canvas
69 x 61 cm
Sold
Cadogan Gallery
Oak Tree Lane, Shelter Island by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Oak Tree Lane, Shelter Island, 2023 Oil on canvas
29 x 26 cm
Cadogan Gallery Request Price & Availability
Mashomack by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Mashomack, 2023 Oil on canvas
31 x 26 cm
Sold
Cadogan Gallery
Studland II by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Studland II, 2023 Oil on canvas
21 x 26 cm
Cadogan Gallery Request Price & Availability
Durdle Door by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Durdle Door, 2023 Oil on canvas
184 x 184 cm
Sold
Cadogan Gallery
View 22 More

Deborah Tarr
recent exhibitions

View 2 More
View 2 More

Represented by this
Ocula Member Gallery

Cadogan Gallery contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom
Cadogan Gallery London, Milan
View 2 More
Learn more about the market for works
by Deborah Tarr.
Enquire for a confidential discussion. Enquire Now
Simon Fisher, Ocula CEO
Ocula Advisor
Simon Fisher
Christoper Taylor, Ocula Advisor
Ocula Advisor
Christopher Taylor
Eva Fuchs, Ocula Advisor
Ocula Advisor
Eva Fuchs
Rory Mitchell, Ocula Advisor
Ocula Advisor
Rory Mitchell
Ocula discover the best in contemporary art icon.
Follow Deborah Tarr
Stay ahead.
Receive updates on new artworks,
exhibitions and articles.
Your personal data is held in accordance with our privacy policy.
Follow
Do you have an Ocula account?
Ocula discover the best in contemporary art icon.
Get Access
Join Ocula to request price and availability of artworks, exhibition price lists and build a collection of favourite artists, galleries and artworks.
Do you have an Ocula account? Login
What best describes your interest in art?

Subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming exhibitions, available works, events and more.
By clicking Sign Up or Continue with Facebook or Google, you agree to Ocula's Terms & Conditions. Your personal data is held in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
Thank you for joining us. Just one more thing...
Soon you will receive an email asking you to complete registration. If you do not receive it then you can check and edit the email address you entered.
Close
Thank you for joining us.
You can now request price and availability of artworks, exhibition price lists and build a collection of favourite artists, galleries and artworks.
Close
Welcome back to Ocula
Enter your email address and password below to login.
Reset Password
Enter your email address to receive a password reset link.
Reset Link Sent
We have sent you an email containing a link to reset your password. Simply click the link and enter your new password to complete this process.
Login