Tessa Perutz

Tessa Perutz (b. 1988, Chicago) received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and now lives & works in Brussels and New York.  

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.

She has exhibited in North America and Europe in multiple solo, two-person, and group exhibitions. Recent shows include Stems Gallery (Brussels); Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp; 3-D Foundation (Verbier); Milk Studios (New York); Pablo’s Birthday (New York); Jack Hanley Gallery (New York); Ventanas Techo (Mexico City); Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Atlanta Contemporary; museum of america books (Brooklyn); Prelim Projects (London); Appointment Only (Los Angeles).

Recent press includes features in Artforum, Modern Painters, Blouin Art Info, Milk Magazine, and Majestic Disorder. In addition to her studio practice, Tessa curates Massif Central; a collection of silk scarves by contemporary artists.