John Tarahteeff: Placeholder

21 September - 7 October 2018

Opening Reception on Friday, September 21st, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm


John Tarahteeff is known for classically rendered compositions that challenge viewers’ perceptions through plays of scale, unusual lighting, and the underlying psychological tension between innocence and knowledge. He pushes the boundaries of what is possible in figurative painting with a masterful use of acrylic on canvas.


In this exhibition, Placeholder, Tarahteeff creates set dramas that play out in deep undercurrents of the imagination. In his paintings, the moment is defined more by multiple potential meanings than by any plausible narrative. His situations are unresolved and suspended mid-action. There almost seems to be a code-- a placeholder embedded in the authenticity of the paintings-- that makes Tarahteeff’s work so very compelling.


John Tarahteeff was born in 1972 and raised in Santa Clara, California. He studied art at the University of California at Davis and continues to live in Northern California. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and has been represented by Nüart Gallery for over a decade.