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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.

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'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.

Deborah Tarr Featured Artworks

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Midsummer Night's Dream by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Midsummer Night's Dream, 2022 Oil on canvas
151 x 151 cm
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Cadogan
Bold London by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Deborah Tarr Bold London, 2022 Found mixed media
68 x 37 cm
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Bridge by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Deborah Tarr Bridge, 2022 Found mixed media
32 x 59 cm
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Attraction by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Deborah Tarr Attraction, 2022 Found mixed media
79 x 64 cm
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Zuma Beach by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Zuma Beach, 2022 Oil on canvas
24 x 29 cm
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Field Yellow by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Field Yellow, 2022 Oil on canvas
35 x 35 cm
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Kynance by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Kynance, 2022 Oil on canvas
35 x 53 cm
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Wave by Deborah Tarr contemporary artwork painting
Deborah Tarr Wave, 2022 Oil on canvas
37 x 30 cm
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Deborah Tarr Recent Exhibitions

Deborah Tarr Represented By

Cadogan contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Cadogan London
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