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b. 1963, China

Fiona Rae Biography

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.

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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.

Fiona Rae Featured Artworks

Drawing (figure 3l) by Fiona Rae contemporary artwork
Fiona RaeDrawing (figure 3l), 2014Charcoal on watercolour paper
42 x 29.7 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Leave the fun on by Fiona Rae contemporary artwork
Fiona RaeLeave the fun on, 2013Oil and acrylic on canvas
213.5 x 175 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Party time is coming by Fiona Rae contemporary artwork
Fiona RaeParty time is coming, 2012Oil and acrylic on canvas
61 x 49.5 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Titania does her spriting gently by Fiona Rae contemporary artwork
Fiona RaeTitania does her spriting gently, 2018Oil on canvas
183 x 129.5 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Faerie gives delight and hurts not by Fiona Rae contemporary artwork
Fiona RaeFaerie gives delight and hurts not, 2017Oil on canvas
183 x 129.5 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Figure 1k by Fiona Rae contemporary artwork
Fiona RaeFigure 1k, 2014Oil and acrylic on canvas
183 x 129.5 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Figment 1c by Fiona Rae contemporary artwork
Fiona RaeFigment 1c, 2015Oil and acrylic on canvas
61 x 49.5 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Figment 1b by Fiona Rae contemporary artwork
Fiona RaeFigment 1b, 2015Oil and acrylic on canvas
61 x 49.5 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery

Fiona Rae Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibiiton, Dwelling Is The Light at Timothy Taylor, Online Only, London
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15 April–15 May 2020 Group Exhibiiton Dwelling Is The Light Timothy TaylorOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Fiona Rae, Fiona Rae at Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
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27 April–28 July 2018 Fiona Rae Buchmann GalerieBuchmann Galerie, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Surface Work at Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London
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11 April–19 May 2018 Group Exhibition Surface Work Victoria MiroWharf Road, London

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Fiona Rae In Related Press

An alternative history of abstract art Related Press An alternative history of abstract art 25 May 2018, Apollo Magazine

Surface Work, a survey show of women abstract artists across Victoria Miro’s Mayfair and Wharf Road galleries, reveals an alternative history of how much women have already achieved. From the examples of the more than 50 artists in this show–some relatively unknown and others household names–it is obvious that women approached abstraction with...

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Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show Related Press Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show 15 April 2018, The Guardian

There are certain shows that change one's sense of art. Surface Work is one of them. Spread across two sites, it is nothing less than an anthology of abstract painting spanning an entire century, from early constructivism to post-digital sampling, in which every work holds its own and every work is by a woman. This is a rare and historic event....

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