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).
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...
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.