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Fiona Rae: Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century

27 April – 23 June 2013 (free)

Fiona Rae, ‘Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century’, 2009 © Fiona Rae; Courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery, LondonOver 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.

Described by the Guardian as “a Jackson Pollock for the digital age”, Rae draws her influences and ideas from a huge selection of sources – including graphic novels, Japanese anime, the painterly splashes and drips of Abstract Expressionism, and artists as wide-ranging as Albrecht Dürer (whose works are held in the Towner Collection) and Philip Guston.

The exhibition brings together paintings executed since 2000, a time when the artist began to make dramatic changes to her practice, incorporating the visual conventions of the post-Photoshop generation.

Rae first came to public attention when she was included in Freeze, the group show in London’s Docklands organised by Damien Hirst in 1988, which launched the new YBA generation of British artists who redefined art in the 1990s. Rae quickly gained international acclaim: she participated in the Venice Biennale in 1990 and was shortlisted for Tate’s Turner Prize in 1991. Since then she has exhibited widely internationally and her works are held in collections worldwide.

In 2011 Rae was made Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy Schools – the first
woman ever to be granted the role. Rae is also the Tate Members’ Commissioned Artist
for 2011-2013.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with texts by Gilda Williams and
Sarah Brown.

The core works in Fiona Rae: Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century
originated from an exhibition initiated by Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Museums and Galleries.

Inset image: Fiona Rae, ‘Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century’, 2009
Oil and acrylic on canvas
72 x 59 in / 182.9 x 149.9 cm
© Fiona Rae; Courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

Banner image: Fiona Rae, ‘Side by side, I’ll be yours forever’,  2011 (detail)
Oil, acrylic and gouache on canvas
72 x 59 in. / 182.9 x 149.9 cm
© Fiona Rae; Courtesy, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London