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Jaray, Tessfree

Jaray, Tessfree

British, 20th century, female.

Born 31 December 1937, in Vienna, to British parents.

Painter, engraver (etching), environmental artist.

Tess Jaray trained at the St Martin's School of Art (1954-1957) and at the Slade School in London (1957-1960). She taught at the Slade School until 1999. Her paintings adopt a formal abstraction in which colour and form interact in complex patterns. The resulting spatial ambiguities generate movement. As an environmentalist artist, she has carried out several commissions including a floor for Victoria Station in London, Centenary Square in Birmingham, Cathedral Precinct in Wakefield, Jubilee Square, Leeds General Infirmary and the forecourt to the new British Embassy in Moscow. She is married to the artist Mark Vaux and lives in London.

Group Exhibitions

1970, 3rd Salon des Galeries Pilotes, Lausanne

Solo Exhibitions

1963, Grabowski Gallery, London (first solo exhibition)

1972, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield

1973, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1984, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester

1998, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; the Serpentine Gallery, London

2001, Purdy Hicks Gallery

Museum and Gallery Holdings

Amsterdam (Peter Stuyvesant Foundation): St Stephen Green (1984, oil on canvas); Capital Blue (1965, oil on canvas)

Cambridge (New Hall Art Collection): Vault (1991, etching)

Leverkusen (Stadtisches Museum)

Liverpool (Walker AG)

London (Tate Collection): P.P. (1991, on paper, print); Fifteen (1969)

Warwick (University Art Gallery): Salisbury Green (1964, oil on canvas)


  • IIIe Salon international des Galeries Pilotes, exhibition catalogue, Musée cantonal, Lausanne, 1970.