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 Tarahteeffs 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.
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.