Karsten Schubert London presents Tess Jaray: Paintings from the 1980s, the first exhibition in a series of online programming. One of Europe’s most celebrated abstract painters, Tess Jaray (b. 1937) has explored painterly perspective for more than five decades.
In the four paintings selected here – Cadence (1986), Thirty One Steps (1986), Diversion (1987) and Green Pyramid (1987) – Jaray investigates the visual experience of space through focusing on individual architectural elements, such as vaults, ceilings and staircases. Painted stripes, in subtly shifting colour variants, encounter negative space on a single grounding colour in these works, expressing both the two dimensional and the three dimensional.
Karsten Schubert London is delighted to present this online vieiwing room following recent acquisitions of Tess Jaray’s paintings by the Centre Pompidou, Paris and mumok, Vienna.
Tess JarayCadence, 1986Acrylic on canvas165 x 149 cm | 65 x 58 1/2 in
Tess JarayThirty One Steps, 1986Acrylic on canvas166 x 178 cm | 65 3/8 x 70 1/8 in
Tess JarayDiversion, 1987Acrylic on canvas116 x 226 cm | 45 5/8 89 in
These paintings have no glance life, large though they are, the brisk visitor simply will not see them. Their designs grow from Jaray’s belief in the disciplines of contemplation, and their colour from her intuitive judgement of response and relationship.
Brian Sewell, 1988
About Tess Jaray
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 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).