Tess Jaray: Paintings from the 1980s

28 April - 12 May 2020

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.

  • 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 About Tess Jaray

    Tess Jaray (b.1937) was born in Vienna, Austria and to 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). Her work can be found in numerous public collections including the British Museum (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Fogg Art Museum (Harvard University), mumok (Vienna), Tate (London) and the Victoria & Albert Museum (London).