Over the last 25 years Fiona Rae has established herself as one of the leading painters of her generation with a distinctive body of work, full of restless energy, humour and complexity, which has set out to challenge the modern conventions of painting.
Rae draws her influences and ideas from a huge selection of sources, such as graphic novels, Japanese anime, the painterly splashes and drips of Abstract Expressionism, and artists as wide-ranging as Albrecht Dürer and Philip Guston. The exhibition brings together paintings executed between 2000 and 2011, a period when the artist was making dramatic changes to her practice.
Fiona Rae first came to public attention when she was included in Freeze, the group show curated by Damien Hirst in London in 1988, which launched the new YBA generation of British artists who redefined art in the 1990s. Her international reputation grew quickly; she participated in the Venice Biennale in 1990 and was shortlisted for Tate’s Turner Prize in 1991. Since then she has exhibited widely in museums and galleries internationally and her work is held in many public and private collections worldwide.
Initiated by Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Museums and Galleries.
A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. It is available from the gallery shop at a special exhibition price of £12.
Image credit: Fiona Rae, Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century, 2009. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 182.9 x 149.9cm (c) Fiona Rae, Courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery, London.