Desire Lines  The Public Art of Tess Jaray

Preface by Vivien Lovell, text by Charles Darwent, interview with the artist by Doro Globus
Ridinghouse 2016
£15.95  |  $25

23 × 19.5 cm   |  9 1/8 × 7 5/8 in
96 pp, 67 colour ill.
ISBN: 978 1 909932 25 8

Considering the dynamics of form, pattern and colour, Tess Jaray’s public art transforms its architectural surroundings with sequences of interlocking geometric shapes.

For over three decades, Jaray’s abstract painting has been complimented by a series of art projects that extends her investigation of space and perspective to the public sphere. Working primarily with materials such as brick, stone and metal, the forms of Jaray’s public squares are often held in an equilibrium of movement and stillness.


Drawing together ten of the artist’s important public commissions, the volume includes an essay by Charles Darwent that situates Jaray’s projects within the tradition of twentieth-century public art, an interview with the artist by Doro Globus, as well as historic statements by Richard Cork and Glyn Emrys, among others.

Charles Darwent is an art critic and historian based in London. Doro Globus is Publisher at Ridinghouse, London. Vivien Lovell is Director at Modus Operandi, London. 

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