This spring the Royal Academy of Arts
presents an exhibition of work from Barbara Rae RA. This exhibition will provide the opportunity to see key works by the acclaimed painter and printmaker and will feature new monoprint works inspired by her recent travels to Ireland and Spain. The works exhibited will illustrate the broad range of printing techniques employed in her work.
Barbara Rae was born in Falkirk, Scotland in 1943 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1961 to 1965. She went on to Lecture in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at Aberdeen College of Education from 1972 to 1974 and lectured in drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1975 to 1996. Barbara started making monotypes in 1985 and has her own press in her studio in Los Angeles where she edited the selection of monoprints for this exhibition. Barbara says of this practice: I enjoy the excitement of working with different master printers. Unlike the solitary act of painting in the studio, printmaking can be gregarious and the printmakers on the whole are very generous in sharing their ideas, personal techniques and secrets.
Raes work has been widely shown in both solo and group shows, recent exhibitions include: CCA Galleries, Surrey (2008), Adam Gallery, Bath (2008), The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (2006) and Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin (2005). Her work can be found in public and private collections worldwide including the British Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester and Museum of Art for Women, Washington DC. Barbara Rae was elected as a Royal Academician in 1996.