Counted among the Young British Artists (YBA), Fiona Rae has drawn inspiration from many divergent sources ranging from Willem de Kooning to cartoons. Her abstract paintings make bold use of juxtaposition, both formal and thematic. Rae combines contrasting painting styles on the same canvas and renders often kitschy images with formal techniques such as impasto, resulting in works that are at once fanciful and serious, enchanting and slightly menacing. Her oeuvre is distinguished by a complex, powerfully expressive, and highly individual visual language.Read More
Fiona Rae's works are at once captivating and perplexing. They are like a net in which the surplus of our visual and material culture is caught. Commenting on this multilayered practice the artist stated in an interview: 'It's all transformed and transmuted and transgressed and translated; things don't stay exactly as I find them, my source material undergoes changes.'
Fiona Rae, who can be seen as one of the most important painters of her generation, has exhibited widely throughout the world. She is represented in the permanent collections of a large number of museums and public galleries, including the Tate Collection, UK, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., USA, Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany, Fundació la Caixa, Barcelona, Spain, Jerwood Collection, Hastings, UK, Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg and the Carré d'Art - Musée d'Art Contemporain, Nîmes, France amongst others.
Text courtesy Buchmann Galerie.
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