Tess Jaray

 

Born 1937 in Vienna.

Lives and works in London.

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Education

1964-68
Hornsey College of Art

1957–60
Slade School of Fine Art, University College London

1954–57
Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, London

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021
Return to Vienna: The Paintings of Tess Jaray. Secession, Vienna, Austria
From Piero and other paintings. New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, UK

2019
Marc Straus, New York City, USA
From Outside, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, UK
Paintings, Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2017
Early Paintings, Sotheby’s S|2, London, UK
The Light Surrounded, Alebertz Benda, New York City, USA
Into Light, Marlborough Fine Art, London, UK

2016
Dark & Light, Megan Piper, London, UK

2014
The Landscape of Space, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK

2013
Drawings, Karsten Schubert, London, UK

2012
Piper Gallery, London, UK

2008
Lyon & Turnbull, London, UK

2003
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK

2001
Clifford Chance, London, UK

2001
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK

1993
Todd Galley, London, UK

1988
The Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

1984
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

1984
The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

1980
Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, Australia

1976
Angela Flowers Gallery, London, UK

1973
Tess Jaray, Marc Vaux: Recent Paintings, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

1972
City Art Gallery, Bristol, UK

1972
Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, UK

1969
Axiom Gallery, London, UK

1967
Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh

1965
Hamilton Gallery, London, UK

1963
Grabowski Gallery, London, UK

 

Selected group exhibitions 

2020
Frestonian gallery,London, (with Paul de Monchaux)
Paul Cezanne/Tess Jaray. Karsten Schubert Ltd, London

2019
Hard Painting 2, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton, UK
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2018
Harder Edge, h Club Gallery and Saatchi Gallery, London
, UK
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Surface Work, Victoria Miro, London, UK

Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art, Longside Gallery Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham; Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

2017
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Melancholia, A Sebald Variation, Kings College, London, UK

2016
Turn the Colour down, Turps Gallery London, UK
Tell it Slant, Frith Street Gallery, London, UK

2015
Extra Terrestrial, East Gallery NUA, Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich, UK

2013
The Edge of Painting, The Piper Gallery, London, UK
Drawings: Mel Bochner, Robert Holyhead, Ann-Marie James, Tess Jaray, Bridget Riley, Alison Wilding, Karsten Schubert, London, UK
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2012
New Possibilities: Abstract Painting from the Seventies, The Piper Gallery, London, UK

2012
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Synthesis, Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2011
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
The Shape of Things, Ferrate Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2010
Layers: John Moores Painting Prize Retrospective, Seongnam Cultural Foundation, Seongnam, Korea
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2009
The Rise of Women Artists, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London, UK
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2008
Contact, 79a Brick Lane, London, UK
Arts Futures, Contemporary Arts Society, Bloomberg Space, London, UK
Exacting Standards, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall, UK

2007
Repetition & Sequence, Jerwood Space, London, UK
Sequence & Repetition, Brunel Arts Centre, Brunel University, London, UK

2006
Summer Exhibition, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK

2005
Private View: Forty Years On, Rocket Gallery, London, UK

2005
Summer Exhibition, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK

2004
Visual Rhythms, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk, UK

2003
Summer Exhibition, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK

2002
Out of Line: Drawings from the Arts Council Collection, Winfield Arts, Suffolk; ArtSway, Sway, and Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, UK
Summer Exhibition, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK

1998
Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London, UK

1996
British Abstract Art Part III: Drawing, Flowers East, London, UK

1994
British Abstract Art Part I: Painting, Flowers East, London, UK

1993
The Sixties Art Scene in London, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK

1992
Women’s Art, New Hall Art Collection, New Hall College, Cambridge, UK

1992
Small is Beautiful Part IX: Abstract, Flowers East, London, UK

1991
New Meanings for City Centres, Birmingham Galleries and Museums, Birmingham, UK

1990
The Abstract Print Show, Flowers East, London, UK

1989
Approaches to Public Art, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
A Spiritual Dimension, Peterborough Art Museum and Gallery, Peterborough, UK 1988
The Presence of Painting: Aspects of British Abstraction, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield, UK

1988
Athena Art Awards, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK

1987
Inaugural Exhibition, Patricia Knight Fine Art, London, UK

1986
9th British International Print Biennale, Bradford City Art Gallery, Bradford, UK

1986
The Unbroken Line: 50 Years of British Drawing 1936–86, Gillian Jason Gallery, London, UK

1985
Holdings: 4th Biennale of European Graphic Art, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Baden-Baden, Germany
One Percent, Levitt Bernstein Associates, London, UK

1982
80 Prints by Modern Masters, Angela Flowers Gallery, London, UK
Women’s Art Show, Castle Museum, Nottingham, UK

1981
Artists in Camden, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK

1979
6th British International Print Biennale, Bradford City Art Gallery, UK
Felicity Samuel Gallery, London, UK

1978
Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

1977
Miniatures Exhibition, Coracle Press, London, UK

1977
British Artists of the Sixties, Tate Gallery, London, UK

1976
The Deck of Cards, JPL Fine Art, London, UK

1974
British Painting 1974, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

1973
Seven from London, Kunsthalle Bern, CH

1970
3rd Salon International de Galeries Pilotes: Artistes et Découvreurs de Notre Temps Musé, Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland and Musée d’Arts, Paris, France

1969
Fine Art for Industry, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Recent British Prints, IBM Gallery, New York, NY, US

1968
Junge Generation Grossbritannien, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
Grabados de Artistas Britanicos: Nuevas Tendencias, Instituto National de Bellas Artes y Literatura, Mexico City, Mexico

1968
67th International Biennale of Prints, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

1967
British Gouaches and Prints, Sundsvall Museum, Sundsvall, Sweden

The 9th International Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Recent British Painting: Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Collection, Tate Gallery, London, UK
British Painting and Sculpture from the Collection of Leicestershire Education Authority, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

1966
London Under Forty, Galleria Milano, Milan, Italy, The Musée du Louvre, Paris, France; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart and Kunsthalle Berlin, Berlin, Germany

1965
Trends in Contemporary British Painting, Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford, UK
Op and Pop: Current English Art, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

1964
Painting Towards Environment, Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford; Arts Council Gallery, Cambridge; Sussex University, Sussex and Arts Council Gallery, Cardiff, UK

1962
Nine Painters from England: Ayres, Cohen, Coviello, Denny, House, Hoyland, Jaray, Turnbull, Vaux, Galleria Trastevere, Rome, Italy

1961
Neue Malerei in England, Städtische Museum, Leverkusen, Germany

1959
London Group, The Royal Society of British Artists Galleries, London, UK

 

Teaching 

1968-99
Slade School of Fine Art, University College London

 

Selected solo commissions

2017
Aleppo at King’s Cross, Installation at the Tapestry Building, Kings Cross, London, UK

2012
Paving for St Mary’s Church, Nottingham, UK

2011
Terrazzo paving for 23 Newman Street, London, UK

2005
Piazza for Anyang Art Festival, South Korea

2005-06
Outpatients’ area of University Hospitals, Coventry and Warwick, UK

1999–2001
Forecourt of New British Embassy, Moscow, Russia

1995-2000
Piazza, The Broadway, Wimbledon, UK

1995-08
Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, UK

1994
Master plan for refurbishment of Pontefract Town Centre

1991
Roof terrace for Headquarters of Arts Council Building, London, UK

1989-92
Wakefield Cathedral Precinct, Wakefield, UK

1988-92
Centenary Square, Birmingham, UK

1987
Floor for Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, UK

1986
Floor for ceremonial entrance, Garden Festival, Stoke on Trent, UK 1985 Terrazzo floor for Victoria Station, London, UK

1967
Mural for the British Pavilion at Expo 1967, Montreal, Canada

 

Public collections

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, UK
Arts Council Collection, London, UK
Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Contemporary Art Society, London, UK
Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Mumok, Vienna, Austria
Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia
Städtisches Museum, Leverkusen, Germany
Sundsvall Museum, Sundsvall, Sweden
Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest, Hungary
The British Council, London, UK
The British Museum, London, UK
The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, MA, US
The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, UK
The Tate Collection, London, UK
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
University College London, London, UK
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Western Australia Art Gallery, Perth, Australia
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Worcester, UK

 

Selected solo publications, articles and reviews

2021
Nina Schedlmayer: Späte Rückkehr, Weltkunst, March 1
Tess Jarays minimalistische Melancholie, Wiener Zeitung, Feb 25
Katharina Rustler: Return to Vienna: Die abstrakte Malerin Tess Jaray in der Secession, Der Standard, Feb 18
“Return to Vienna”: Malerei von Tess Jaray in der Secession, Salzburger Nachrichten, Feb 18
Almuth Spiegler: Tess Jarays späte Rückkehr nach Wien, Die Presse, Feb 17
Michael Huber: In mancher Hinsicht ist es eine Rückkehr, Der Kurier, Feb 17
Rachel Spense: Tess Jaray’s From Piero and Other Paintings — shadows of the masters, Financial Times, Feb 10

2017
John Stezaker interview, Tess Jaray: Into Light, Ridinghouse and Marlborough Fine Art, London

2016
Charles Darwent and Vivien Lovell, Desire Lines: The Public Art of Tess Jaray, Ridinghouse, London

2014
Richard Davey, John Stezaker, Alison Wilding and Alister Warman, The Art of Tess Jaray, Ridinghouse in association with the Djanogly Art Gallery, London

2012
Richard Davey, Tess Jaray: Thresholds, Royal Academy of Arts Publications, London
Terry Pitts, Tess Jaray: Mapping the Unseeable, The Piper Gallery, London
Rachel Campbell-Johnston, ‘Show Business’, RA Magazine, No. 115

2010
Brian Sewell, ‘Oh, No! It’s the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition’, Evening Standard, 10 June
Nancy Campbell, ‘Tess Jaray: Painting: Mysteries and Confessions’, Times Literary Supplement, May

2003
Mel Gooding, Tess Jaray: New Paintings, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Martin Coomer, ‘Tess Jaray’, Time Out, 5 March

2001
Nigel Frank, ‘Tess Jaray: Prints 1966–2001’, Clifford Chance, London
Judith Bumpus, ‘Corridors and Uniforms’, RA Magazine, No. 72
Terry Grimley, ‘When Art is More Than Mere Decoration’, Birmingham Post, 22 August
Louisa Buck, ‘Tess Jaray’s New Paintings’, Art Newspaper, March

2000
Kim Williams ’Environmental Patterns: Paving Designs by Tess Jaray’, Nexus Network Journal, Vol. 2, June

1998
Deanna Petherbridge, Art for Architecture: The Jerwood Art for Architecture Award, Royal Scottish Academy, London
Nonie Nieswand, ‘Architecture’, The Independent, 18 September

1995
Richard Cork, ‘Praise Be to All Saints’, The Times, 23 February

1991
Barbara Tilson, ‘Art for the People’, RIBA Journal, November
‘Centenary Square’, Architecture Today, 17 April
Colin Amery, ‘Architecture’, The Financial Times, 15 April
Richard Cork, ‘Second City Finds Its Feet’, The Times, 15 April
Andrew Gibbon Williams, ‘Prettifying Carbuncles’, The Times, April
Hugh Pearman, ‘Design Goes Against Convention’, The Sunday Times

1990
Andrew Gibbon Williams, ‘Prettifying Carbuncles’, The Times, April
‘Art and Buildings’, Architectural Review

1989
Clive Memmott, ‘The Art of Paving’, Townscapes, October
Rebecca Fortnum, ‘Living Perspective: Tess Jaray and Inner City Design’, WASL Journal
Malcolm Miles, ‘Speakeasy’, New Art Examiner, Summer
Charles Darwent, ‘Bollards Do Furnish a Town’, The Guardian

1988
Richard Cork and Robin Vousden, Tess Jaray: Paintings and Drawings from the Eighties, Serpentine Gallery, London
Richard Cork, ‘Art Loco’, The Listener
Patricia Morison, ‘Abstract with Feeling’, Daily Telegraph
Brian Sewell, ‘A Talent to Confuse’, Evening Standard

1985
Patricia Morison, ‘BR Wants to be Beautiful’, The Financial Times
Brian Sewell, ‘Spectrum: How Tess Floored Victoria’, The Times, March

1984
Deanna Petherbridge, ‘Introduction’, Tess Jaray: Prints and Drawings 1964–84, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Robert Vousden, ‘Introduction’, Tess Jaray: Ten New Paintings, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Helena Drysdale, ‘Tess Jaray’, Artscribe, No. 46, May
Lynne Cooke, ‘Tess Jaray’, Art Monthly, No. 76, May

1980
Malcolm Quantrille, ‘The Work of Tess Jaray: An Environment of Optical Perfection’, Adelaide Festival Guide, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, Adelaide
Ian Simpson, ‘Tess Jaray: In Pursuit of Perfection’, The Artist

1979
Griselda Pollock, ‘Feminism, Femininity and the Hayward Annual Exhibition 1978’, Feminist Review, No. 2

1978
Sarah Kent, ‘Introduction’, Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London
Adrian Searle, ‘Thermodynamics: Thoughts on Four Artists at the Hayward Annual’, Artscribe, No. 13, August

1973
Robert Kudielka, ‘Introduction’, Tess Jaray, Marc Vaux: Recent Paintings, Whitechapel Gallery, London

1969
Robert Kudielka, ‘Tess Jaray: New Paintings’, Art International, Summer
Alan Bowness, ‘Tess Jaray’s New Work’, Studio International, June

1967
John Russell, ‘London: The Simplifiers’, Art in America, Volume 55, September–October
Gene Baro, ‘Tess Jaray’s Mural for Expo 67’, Studio International, March

1963
Jasia Reichardt, ‘Introduction’, Tess Jaray, Grabowski Gallery, London Norbert Lynton, ‘London Letter’, Art International, October

 

Selected anthologies

2012
Marius Granger, ‘Tess Jaray’, Layers: John Moores Painting Prize Retrospective, Seongnam Cultural Foundation, Seongnam

2005
Kim Williams and Judith Flagg Moran, ‘Urban Spaces and Pavements, the Work of the Cosmati, Carlo Scarpa and Tess Jaray’, Michele Emmer (ed), Mathematics and Culture, Springer, New York

1998
Mel Gooding and Vivien Lovell, Public Art Space, Merrell Holberton Publishers Ltd, London

1992
Richard Cork, Architect’s Choice: in Architecture in Great Britain Since 1945, Thames & Hudson, London

1991
Percent for Art: A Review, Arts Council of Great Britain, London 1987 Deanna Petherbridge, Art for Architecture: A Handbook for Commissioning, HMSO, London

1970
Edward Lucie-Smith and Patricia White, Art in Britain 1969–70, J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd, London

1969
Edward Lucie-Smith, Movements in Art Since 1945, Thames & Hudson, London
C.H. Waddington, Behind Appearance, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh

 

Selected writings by the artist

2013
‘Foreword’, The Edge of Painting, The Piper Gallery, London ‘Introduction’, Patrick George, Browse & Darby, London

2012
‘Introduction’, Summer Exhibition Illustrated 2012, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2011
‘Quiet Revelation: The Drawings of Watteau’, RA Magazine, No. 110, Spring

2010
Painting: Mysteries and Confessions, Lenz Books and RA Publications, London
‘Introduction’, Neal Jones: The Absurd is the New Sublime, L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, London 2009 Michael Sandle: Chiaroscuro, Time & Memory, Art Space Gallery, London

2009
‘Introduction’, Timothy Hyman: The Man Inscribed with London, Austin/Desmond, London

2008
Contact, 79a Brick Lane, London
The World in a Speck of Red Dust, The work of Onya McCausland, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

2002
For Years Now: Poems by W.G Sebald with Images by Tess Jaray, Short Books, London
‘A Mystery and a Confession’, Irish Pages, Vol. 1, No. 2, Autumn–Winter

2001
‘Introduction’, From the Rings of Saturn and Vertigo, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

1997
‘The Expressive Power of Brickwork’, Brick Bulletin, Autumn

1992
‘My Kind of Town’, Architecture Today, No. 32, October

1990
‘Art in the Public Domain’, Context and Collaboration, PACA, London