Tessa Perutz : a painting residence in Verbier

Tessa Perutz : Sans Souci

PRVT VW SoHo and Pablo’s Birthday are pleased to announce ‘Sans Souci’, an exhibition by Tessa Perutz in collaboration with the Verbier 3-D Foundation. ‘Sans Souci’ features a series of landscape paintings made during Perutz’s five weeks residence in Verbier. ‘Sans Souci’ opens 25 July 2018 at Vieux Verbier, [Rue de Medran 43] in Verbier, Switzerland, and remains on view through 31 August 2018.

Tessa Perutz is a young American painter trained at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her BFA. The artist also studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She now lives and works between New York and Brussels. This body of work is concerned primarily with the Swiss landscape, produced by rendering plein air drawings into paintings, with the use of simplified fields of color that reference abstract forms. These compositions become figurative tableaux, and can also be read in relation to nonobjective art.

Perutz’s paintings convey a sense of light and tranquility. Indeed, the title ‘Sans Souci’— translates to “no worries” – a French phrase she often heard in Verbier, Switzerland. However joyous these paintings may be — it is clear that Perutz’s practice belongs to a contemporary art trajectory influenced by modernism. The joining of traditional landscape painting with a contemporary formality proves to be a powerful combination in Perutz’s work. The works are highly aware on a historical level but also emotionally free in a contemporary sense.

Perutz has shown in solo, two-person, and group exhibitions internationally. Recent venues exhibiting her work include Milk Studios (New York), Pablo’s Birthday (New York), and Jack Hanley Gallery (New York), Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Detroit). Recent press coverage includes articles in Artforum, ArtInfo, Modern Painters, Milk Magazine, and Majestic Disorder. In addition to her studio practice, Perutz curates Massif Central, a collection of artists’ silk scarves.

Tessa Perutz is the first artist to participate in our experimental residency for painter’s at the Verbeir 3-D Foundation.