Tess Jaray RA (b. 1937)

Tess Jaray studied at St Martin’s School of Art (1954 – 1957) and the Slade School of Art (1957 – 1960), where she later taught for many years.

Her work is characterised by the enigmatic interaction of forms and colours. The patterns she creates suggest spatial ambiguities and shifting structures which work on the viewer’s perceptions in subtle ways.

She has artworks in many public collections, including the Tate and the British Museum, and her paving designs can be seen in Centenary Square, Birmingham and the forecourt of Victoria Station. In 2010 she published a book of her collected writings, Painting: Mysteries and Confessions.


Royal Academician


Born: 1937 in Vienna, Austria

Nationality: British

Elected RA: 16 March 2010

Elected Senior RA: 1 October 2013

Gender: Female

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Preferred media: Painting and Printmaking

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