During her artistic process, Rae creates complex images with countless layers of lines and patterns, intertwined with various iconography such as stars, flowers, surburts and cartoon images. In her recent works, she creates heavenly compositions of light and color alongside black-and-white canvases. In some sense, Rae’s canvases are akin to screens with their floating, semi-transparent elements that linger between a soft-focus and solidified shape. Although these works may mimic the front of our phone, shifting with variations of light as opposed to color, they challenge the perception of the immaterial by coexisting in the materiality of the oil paint.
Fiona Rae was born in 1963 in Hong Kong. She attended the Croydon College of Art in London from 1983 until 1984, where she then continued her studies until 1987 at Goldsmiths College. Rae has held nearly forty solo exhibitions since 1990 in Korea, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, France, the USA, Japan and Italy. Her participation in group exhibitions dates back to 1988, making up over 100 exhibitions. Notable museums and galleries include the Tate Gallery (London), Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany), Royal Academy of Arts (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Victoria Miro (London,) Institute of Contemporary Arts (Singapore), The Pace Gallery (New York), and Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris). Rae was elected to the UK Royal Academy of Arts in 2002 and appointed as a Tate Artist Trustee from 2005 until 2009, amongst other notable awards. In 2011, she was the first female painter to be appointed Professor of Painting at the UK Royal Academy Schools. Her work is included in over 30 public collections around Europe and the USA. Rae currently lives and works in London.