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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

John Tarahteeff

John Tarahteeff

Ominous clouds and skies tinted lime or translucent blue provide a backdrop to the mystery and intrigue of John Tarahteeff’s new work. Voluptuous females reference old masters, such as 17th century painter Titian. They are pictured playing occasional instruments, wading into shallow water. Tarahteeff continues to incorporate heavy texture in places to describe rocky ground, a raised line to express an unwinding ball of yarn or trees and leaves dramatically advancing out from the picture plane. The inclusion of these psychological, pictorial elements works to his advantage both intellectually and aesthetically. This exhibition demonstrates his continuing evolution as a painter John Tarahteeff’s paintings show great range, technical skill and seamless blending of intelligence and aesthetics. These new paintings have a story to tell, exposing in a spontaneous moment the whole of the tale. The work speaks in the deeply personal language of the artist.

In 1994 Tarahteeff graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Fine Art. The artist’s paintings were first introduced by Solomon Dubnick Gallery in 1998.

"As I work, there are intermittent moments of resolution in the midst of a struggle between the need to unify and contrast imagery. On the one hand, I want the painting to have a singular read which is capable of conveying the illusion of three dimensional space. On the other hand, I want it to have an underlying tension, an improbability that keeps the illusion fresh over the long course of its making."

- John Tarahteeff

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