UEA Collection Print – Tess Jaray


Relief print | UEA/CE 08
Born in Vienna in 1937, Tess Jaray studied at St Martin’s School of Art and the Slade School of Art before becoming a teacher at the Slade from 1968-1999. Her first solo exhibition was at Grabowski Gallery, London in 1963 and she has since exhibited many times receiving several public commissions and awards, including the Jerwood Art for Architecture Award by the RSA, in 1995. Jaray’s work is characterised by the enigmatic interaction of forms and colours. She is intrigued by the pairing of units, since each part of a pair is complete, yet more complete with its ‘mate’. She works for instability not stability, calling this method ‘dynamic equilibrium’ in reference to Mondrian.

In addition to her works: Encounter Suite (1971), Tamlin (1971-1972), From the Rings of Saturn and Vertigo (2001) and He sat in… (2001) in the UEA Collection, Jaray’s work can be found in many public collections including the British Museum and Tate. In 2010, she published a book of her collected writings, Painting: Mysteries and Confessions. The UEA Collection Editions are high quality, original prints by artists whose works are represented in, or have an affinity with, the University of East Anglia’s Collection of Abstract and Constructivist Art, Architecture and Design.

Each image is reproduced in an un-numbered edition of 200 from original material supplied by the artist.