Deborah Tarr

British, b. 1966

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Deborah Tarr

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British, b. 1966

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564
Biography

Deborah Tarr’s abstract paintings and collages are thoughtful, contemplative and quietly charged. They radiate with energy, and captivate with a visceral and positive stimulation, one that is further enriched for those who look deeply with all of their senses. For the past decade, Tarr has exhibited with Cadogan Contemporary, London, with annual sell out shows. Her oil paintings, such as Black Pine, can take up to 14 months to resolve - coaxing and transforming the materials to her will. Tarr has recently launched a series of limited edition lithographs, available on request.

Many of Tarr’s paintings are figurative in aspect – their center like a living thing. They reach upwards in a scheme of vertical placement that is suggestive of growth. Many of the pieces reference the natural world or a specific place in the title, yet the work is also self-referential: the figure of the artist standing tall and reaching up beyond her physical limitations.

This architectural quality to her pieces reflects the environment in which they were created, place having a profound effect on the artist’s sensibility. Currently, Tarr lives and works in Primrose Hill in a light filled studio with high ceilings, white walls, and sanded wooden floors. A large oak table dominates the room, at its center a yellow pot bursting with various sized paintbrushes, and neat rows of oil paint tubes laid out meticulously at its base. One senses upon encounter with this space that she is beginning the paintings there before they reach the canvas – organizing the atmosphere to suit the pitch and tone of the piece.

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Deborah Tarr’s abstract paintings and collages are thoughtful, contemplative and quietly charged. They radiate with energy, and captivate with a visceral and positive stimulation, one that is further enriched for those who look deeply with all of their senses. For the past decade, Tarr has exhibited with Cadogan Contemporary, London, with annual sell out shows. Her oil paintings, such as Black Pine, can take up to 14 months to resolve - coaxing and transforming the materials to her will. Tarr has recently launched a series of limited edition lithographs, available on request.

Many of Tarr’s paintings are figurative in aspect – their center like a living thing. They reach upwards in a scheme of vertical placement that is suggestive of growth. Many of the pieces reference the natural world or a specific place in the title, yet the work is also self-referential: the figure of the artist standing tall and reaching up beyond her physical limitations.

This architectural quality to her pieces reflects the environment in which they were created, place having a profound effect on the artist’s sensibility. Currently, Tarr lives and works in Primrose Hill in a light filled studio with high ceilings, white walls, and sanded wooden floors. A large oak table dominates the room, at its center a yellow pot bursting with various sized paintbrushes, and neat rows of oil paint tubes laid out meticulously at its base. One senses upon encounter with this space that she is beginning the paintings there before they reach the canvas – organizing the atmosphere to suit the pitch and tone of the piece.

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