Work of the Week

Tess Jaray
Virgin and Child with two Angels, 2019
Acrylic on panel
43 x 30 cm
16 7/8 x 11 3/4 in

... its air of numinous enchantment remains. The painting is a triumphant expression of an artist who says her aim is to show "what's left when everything else is taken away".

- Rachel Spence discussing the painting Virgin and Child with two Angels, published in the Financial Times, Tess Jaray's From Piero and Other Paintings -- shadows of the masters, 10 February 2021

Virgin with Child and two Angels derives from Pierro della Francesca's Madonna di Senigallia of 1474, pictured below. Jaray's painting is a response to the original image that she has condensed down to the pure elements of light, colour and line.


Tess Jaray was born in Vienna, Austria in 1937 and came with her family to England in 1938. At sixteen, Jaray went to study at Saint Martin's School of Art in London. From 1957-60 she attended the Slade School of Fine Art. She would go on to have a long and distinguished teaching career, teaching at the Slade from 1968-1999.

Solo presentations of her work have been held at the following institutions: Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, UK (2019); Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2019); The Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (1988); The Ashmoleon Museum, Oxford, UK (1984); The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK (1984) and Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (1972).

Her work resides in numerous national and international public collections including Tate, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; British Museum, London; Arts Council Collection, London; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Museum des 20 Jahrhunderts, Vienna, Austria; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA; and the Western Australia Art Gallery, Perth, Australia.


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Tess Jaray's paintings are currently viewable from the gardens of Roche Court. Our indoor spaces are closed but the galleries were originally designed by celebrated architect Stephen Marshall so that the artwork within could be enjoyed from the outside.

Tess Jaray, Virgin and Child with two Angels
Piero della Francesca, Madonna di Senigallia