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Degree: BA (HONS) Painting
University: Grays School of Art.
Graduation Year: 2017
Selected for 2018 RSA New Contemporaries, David Rae is part of a growing interest in the possibility of unspoken narratives through the use of realism and subtraction. Rae’s paintings offer a remarkable sense of space through the realistic rendition of textures and perspective and behind this curtain of reality the figureless, empty spaces suggest an uneasy absence. The resulting imagery has connotations of an unfinished story or a hidden truth, a simple device to incite curiosity. This tension between presence and absence is evocative of the empty spaces painted by Turner Prize winner, George Shaw. Famous for his portrayal of the built environment, Shaw shows the dislocated beauty of the urban versus natural world and similarly, Rae’s work suggestively imitates the beauty of human and natural environments while maintaining a perspicuous stillness which is both disquieting and analytical.
The locations forming the basis for my work are mainly those that featured in my childhood, places I've visited or those that are re-imagined. Capturing a sense of place is an important aspect to each piece; alluding to an atmosphere in which I explore the presence of absence. The objects that populate each space suggest human interaction and are based on my wider interests, sport being a prime example. Within the paintings I like to include subtle narratives creating an element of curiosity but not to an overpowering level, just enough to question the viewer's judgement of what the work could be about. The title and compositional elements within the paintings will inevitably offer clues regarding each paintings subject.
2013 Castle Douglas
2014 Castle Douglas
2018 FBA Futures Exhibition - Mall Galleries, London
2018 OESS Exhibition - RSA, Edinburgh
2018 RSA New Contemporaries - RSA
2017 Whatever Sticks – Grays School of Art, Tallinn, Estonia
2017 Stuffed Gallery – Newave Gallery, Aberdeen
2017 Painters Pre-Degree show – Edinburgh Palette, Edinburgh
2017 Grays School of Art Degree Show – Aberdeen
2017 New generation Show – Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2017 Gallery Heinzel – Aberdeen (Forthcoming) Awards:
2017 RGU Heritage collections purchase prize
2016 Rapid – Grays School of Art. Vienna, Austria
2015 Skotsko – Grays School of Art. Skopje, Macedonia
Prizes and Awards
2018 RSA New Contemporaries
2017 Highly Commended BP Fine Art Award – Grays Degree show Selected Artist
By David Rae
By David Rae
By David Rae
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