Blending Spaces
American Art Collector|September 2021
John Tarahteeff’s paintings take you somewhere new, yet familiar. You don’t entirely know where it is, but it feels like you’ve been there before.
JOHN TARAHTEEFF

His paintings—a 60/40 blend of realism and surrealism— occupy the space between imagination and reality. They evoke the sentiments of being a child, like pretending the blades of grass in a field might transform into reeds in a marsh.

“I experimented with abstraction and all different styles, and eventually settled on something closer to a more realistic representation. But the thing is, from the get-go I never thought of myself as a realist...I’m always taking liberties,” says Tarahteeff.

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