John Tarahteeff is known for his probing figurative paintings that infuse realism with intriguing emotional states. His acrylic paintings use tight composition, pale lighting, and plays of scale to hint to a deep and compelling narrative that remains slightly elusive.
John Tarahteeff’s works are striking figurative paintings that present succinct compositions, unusual lighting, and subtle undercurrents of psychological turbulence. His figures are placid, but the emotional subtext is palpable. In this exhibition, Vestiges, Tarahteeff carefully crafts his images using formal design principles, and lets his subconscious inform his choice of imagery. The resulting narratives contain visual archetypes of figures from different eras, engaging in ways that are compelling and yet unknown. John Tarahteeff, American, born 1972 was raised in Santa Clara, California. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Fine Art. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout his career and also, the subject of articles in varied art publications.