Samarra (framed)

by Tess Jaray RA

This inkjet print is displayed in the Shenkman Bar on the lower-ground floor of the Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, from 1st February – 18th August 2019.

Please note that, if purchased, this work is available for collection only from the Royal Academy of Arts by appointment with the Art Sales team.

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£3,800.00

Artwork details

Medium Print
Colour Orange/Multicolour
Dimensions 37 x 30cm
Fabric & material Archival Print
Unique

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Artwork description

Throughout her long and highly esteemed career Tess Jaray’s work has been characterised by the use of precise and pure colour combinations, a near-perfection of surface, and the creation of a particular quality of space and light. Although geometric form is always evident in her imagery, it is perhaps more to do with the geometry of relationships than of mathematics. With wide-ranging influences, including pre-historic and Egyptian art, Jaray says that her images ‘may be seen as abstract – whatever that may be – but they are never abstracted’.

Jaray uses inkjet printing as a medium to produce what she describes as ‘drawings’ which often relate to or act as preparatory studies for her paintings or larger-scale works. These works on paper – many of which are unique – allow the artist to experiment with a vast range of colour combinations and forms. Crucially, digital printmaking produces the near-perfect surface which the artist consistently strives to achieve in her paintings, so that the viewer’s eye can take in the image without interruption.

This image directly relates to the distinctive spiral minaret of the Great Mosque of Samarra in Iraq. Samarra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for its significant religious sites. Since the eighteenth century it has been plagued by many periods of violence and warfare.

Artist Sales: This work is sold by the artist. The sale is facilitated by RA Enterprises (RAE) for which they receive only a commission from the artist.

Please note that the dimensions listed above are for the unframed print.

About Tess Jaray RA

Tess Jaray RA 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.


She has artworks in public collections such as the Tate and the British Museum, and her paving designs can be seen in Centenary Square, Birmingham, and the forecourt of Victoria Station. In... Go to artist page