Rebecca Lowe

Artist, Curator

My work has developed from an engagement with objects, the places they occupy and the interfaces between object, space, light and time. The constant activity of looking is a fundamental part of this engagement. I work with oil paints, resins and waxes on gesso or canvas, and pencil, charcoal and graphite powder on paper. Main influences are the human and silent spaces of some still-life paintings, particularly those of Giorgio Morandi and Franciso de Zurbaran, the reductive qualities and attention to touch and surface of abstract expressionism, and contemporary reflexive painting. Subjects are drawn from the natural environment, ancient surfaces and hand-made objects where the human touch of the maker remains visible and tactile. Classical music composition, architectural spaces and Chinese and Japanese aesthetics: the careful balance of form and internal and external space, are also important.

The Intervals series began by keeping a daily record of natural light reflected from a warm-white, Indian porcelain bowl during a twelve hour period. I used layers of semi-translucent glazes with directional brushstrokes, alternating so that they formed a weave. As each layer dried, the next, when brushed against it, became a rubbing of the existing surface. The series' title is a musical term for the space between notes and alludes to the subtle spaces between colours and to the passage of time between events. The paintings explore a delicate relationship: of the materiality of the pot, the physicality of paint, and the lesser material qualities of light, space and cyclical time. Recent work in this series has concentrated on the surfaces of Chinese pottery from the Song and Tang Dynasties. 

I am also a part-time Library Assistant at Leeds College of Art, working with FE and HE students, with responsibility for the special collection of artists' books. I organise a regular series of exhibitions and collaborative projects around the collection. 

Rebecca Lowe 2015

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Location Leeds, Yorkshire
Activities Higher education, Further education, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Collecting
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Painting
Tags Landscape, Still Life, Surface, Light, Space, Time, Abstract, Touch, Object, Language

News & Events

  • Lines for Agnes

    Excited to be preparing for a group show curated by Ruth Philo at St. Marylebone Crypt, 1 Sep - 30 Oct 2015. Nine painters who are influenced by the work and teaching of Agnes Martin.

  • Sharon Kivland: Reports on Knowledge - Private View

    Leeds College of Art, Vernon Street Library, Leeds LS2 8PH

    One intervention: nineteen artists. Join us for a private view of artist and writer, Sharon Kivland's publications and work produced for her Library Intervention at Leeds College of Art in 2014.

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  • Sharon Kivland: Reports on Knowledge

    13/04/2015 – 12/06/2015
    Leeds College of Art Library (Vernon Street)

    A display of work created in response to Sharon Kivland's Library Intervention in 2014. The work of 18 artists will be shown with Sharon's work from the library's special collection of artists' books.

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  • Del Mar Para Ti / From Sea to You

    25/03/2015 – 29/03/2015
    East Street Arts, Patrick Studios, St. Mary's Lane, LS9 7EH

    A postcard exhibition which is part of Curio-sea-ty, a project exploring human relationships with the sea, curated by Hondartza Fraga and Lorna Barrowclough.

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  • Del Mar Para Ti / From Sea to You

    19/12/2014 – 21/12/2014
    Poca Gallery, Calle de Abatxolo N°5-Izquierda (Lonja), Portugalete 48920, Bizkaia

    Group exhibition of images exploring human relationships with the sea. The works on show will be postcards printed from digital images.

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  • Library Interventions: Sharon Kivland

    Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds College of Art, Blenheim Walk, Leeds LS2 9AQ.

    5 - 7pm. A report on knowledge from Sharon and her elective agents with readings, performance, a film and library tours. Refreshments will also be provided.

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  • Graham Head: The TEXT cupboard within the house of IMAGE

    Leeds College of Art, Vernon Street Library, Vernon Street, Leeds, LS2 8PH

    The first in a series of informal conversational events based around the ambivalent interrelation of IMAGE & TEXT. 9 - 4pm. Please ring 0113 2028094 for more details.

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  • Same But Different Art Fair

    12/04/2014 – 13/04/2014
    Temple Newsam Walled Gardens, Leeds

    Over 80 artists showing inside the beautiful walled gardens of Temple Newsam. I will exhibit a collection of recent pencil drawings of shells, flowers, fields, fossils and other favourite objects.

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