The Art of Tess Jaray


ISBN: 9781905464807
Artist(s): Tess Jaray
Author(s): Richard Davey, Alison Wilding, John Stezaker, Alister Warman
Format: unspecified
Year published: March 2014
Publisher: Ridinghouse / Djanogly Art Gallery
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 256
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour

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For more than five decades, British artist Tess Jaray has created paintings and drawings that examine the geometry of pattern, repetition and colour within her surroundings. Jaray has always focused 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 – whether polygons, waves or rectangles – is contained by a strong, grounding background colour; thereby controlling the movement of the forms. This situates her within the tradition of abstract metaphysical painting begun by Malevich a century ago and continued into this century by Agnes Martin.

This first comprehensive monograph features working drawings alongside a large group of Jaray’s paintings of enigmatic forms and colours that celebrate the vitality inherent within archetypal rhythms and patterns. This substantial volume situates this important figure firmly within British art history with texts by Richard Davey, John Stezaker, Alison Wilding and an interview with Alister Warman.

Accompanies an exhibition at Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham (15 February – 27 April 2014).



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