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b. 1931, United Kingdom

Tess Jaray Biography

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.

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Tess Jaray (b. 1937) was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to the UK in 1938. She currently lives and works in London. Jaray studied at Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London (1954–57) and later at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1957–60).

Text courtesy Karsten Schubert London.

Exhibition view: Tess Jaray, From Piero and other paintings, New Art Centre, Salisbury (23 January–3 May 2021). Courtesy New Art Centre. 

Tess Jaray Featured Artworks

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Virgin and Child with two Angels by Tess Jaray contemporary artwork
Tess JarayVirgin and Child with two Angels, 2019Acrylic on panel
43 x 30 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Malatesta worshipping St Sigismund I by Tess Jaray contemporary artwork
Tess JarayMalatesta worshipping St Sigismund I, 2019Acrylic on panel
30 x 43 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Solomon and the Queen of Sheba I by Tess Jaray contemporary artwork
Tess JaraySolomon and the Queen of Sheba I, 2019Acrylic on panel
30 x 30 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Solomon and the Queen of Sheba III by Tess Jaray contemporary artwork
Tess JaraySolomon and the Queen of Sheba III, 2019Acrylic on panel
60 x 60 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Flagellation III by Tess Jaray contemporary artwork
Tess JarayFlagellation III, 2019Acrylic on panel
30 x 43 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Battle of Constantine by Tess Jaray contemporary artwork
Tess JarayBattle of Constantine, 2019Acrylic on board
60 x 60 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Victory of Eraclio by Tess Jaray contemporary artwork
Tess JarayVictory of Eraclio, 2019Acrylic on board
30 x 46 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Victory II by Tess Jaray contemporary artwork
Tess JarayVictory II, 2019Acrylic on canvas
160 x 130 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery

Tess Jaray Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Tess Jaray, From Piero and other paintings at New Art Centre, Salisbury, London
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23 January–3 May 2021 Tess Jaray From Piero and other paintings New Art Centre, SalisburyLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Tess Jaray, Return to Vienna at Vienna Secession, Austria
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19 February–11 April 2021 Tess Jaray Return to Vienna Vienna SecessionVienna
Contemporary art exhibition, Paul Cezanne, Tess Jaray, Paul Cezanne: Drawings | Tess Jaray: Roundels at Room 2, Soho, London
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15–30 September 2020 Paul Cezanne, Tess Jaray Paul Cezanne: Drawings | Tess Jaray: Roundels Room 2, Soho, LondonLondon

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Tess Jaray In Related Press

Tess Jaray’s From Piero and Other Paintings — shadows of the masters Related Press Tess Jaray’s From Piero and Other Paintings — shadows of the masters 9 February 2021, The Financial Times

Tess Jaray's From Piero and Other Paintings —shadows of the masters. Rachel Spence writes her response to From Piero and other paintings, Tess Jaray's solo exhibition at the New Art Centre, Salisbury in the Financial Times for the 13 February 2021 FT Weekend.

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Charley Peters: ‘Painting, Writing, Abstraction and the Spaces In-between: In Conversation with Tess Jaray’ Related Press Charley Peters: ‘Painting, Writing, Abstraction and the Spaces In-between: In Conversation with Tess Jaray’ 26 April 2019, Instantloveland

Using the Art Deco building of the Barber Institute, designed by Robert Atkinson and built between 1932—1939 as a Foundation for the works, the paintings extend Jaray’s ongoing contemplation of architectural form and continue her rigorous evaluation of the emotive conditions of spatial composition through carefully considered, desaturated...

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Shapes Are Held In Tension: A Conversation With Tess Jaray Related Press Shapes Are Held In Tension: A Conversation With Tess Jaray 13 June 2017, Forbes

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.

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