Jurgen Tarrasch

I consider myself a ‘colorist’ in the sense that the colors I use – most of which I create myself using dry pigments – play a central role in my work.  I was trained in a classical European art academy, which embedded in me a sense of discipline and tradition.  My focus thus far has been a study in balance and of the meaning of form through the construction of abstract, geometric layers of paint that vary the surface of my work.


During the years I have lived in Alabama, I have been exposed to the earthy, organic nature of the state, to its various landscapes and indigenous vegetation.  Through an exploration of the environment around me, I have introduced to my work a more three-dimensional aspect based on experimentation with the colors and forms of Southern foliage.