Approved: 16.08.2006

Ronald Rae FRBS

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts My granite sculptures express my love and concern for the human and animal condition. Many of my animal sculptures are of endangered species eg. Wounded Elephant and Tyger Tyger.  Fallen Christ, sited on the pilgrimage Island of Iona portrays the need for spirituality in a materialistic world. I have always loved poetry. The emotive sculpture ''O wert thou in the cauld blast''

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Activities: Lecturing, Public art, Private commissions, Creative writing, Capital projects
  • Categories: Drawing, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture
  • Tags: sculpture, animals, figurative, illustrations, drawings, paintings, cartoons, portraits, mixed media, insects
 
 

Biography

Concepts My granite sculptures express my love and concern for the human and animal condition. Many of my animal sculptures are of endangered species eg. Wounded Elephant and Tyger Tyger.  Fallen Christ, sited on the pilgrimage Island of Iona portrays the need for spirituality in a materialistic world. I have always loved poetry. The emotive sculpture ''O wert thou in the cauld blast'' illustrates one of the last poems of Robert Burns showing love and protection in times of distress. I have also been inspired by early cave paintings as seen in the Bison carved in relief. My largest work Lion of Scotland exudes the power of Scottish identity. Heavy Horse and Foal and Elephant Family show the care animals have for their offspring. St. Francis in NTS Threave Gardens, with the birds he preached to and Brother Wolf share my belief in the saint's philosophy of birds and animals being just as important as humans in God's creation. My latest works Baby Elephant and Gorilla Family remind us to protect all living creatures on this plane. My graphic work, in particular my political cartoons, are blunt and honest statements about the sad state of the world today. Influences Spirituality/Religion, Environment/Ecology, Emotions; own cultural identity (Scottish); own gender (Male). Career path As I do not wait for commissions I have a continous body of work available for public display. I first exhibited five sculptures at Rozelle Park in Ayr 1979 followed by a temporary exhibition in 1989 outside St. John's Church in Princes Street, Edinburgh. My first major exhibition of 20 sculptures in Sheffield in 1994 moved on to Milton Keynes in 1995 then to the Natural History Museum and Regent's Park in London from 1999 till 2002. I found permanent homes for several of the sculptures due to these exhibitions. The exhibition then moved from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park where 16 of the animal sculptures were displayed for four years followed by the stunning venue of Holyrood Park in Edinburgh in 2006 of 21 sculptures including sixteen animal sculptures and five figurative works on biblical and war themes. The Holyrood Exhibition moved on to The Falkirk Wheel in Central Scotland in April 2008 where 8 sculptures are currently on display. Due to public demand and a petition by the Blue Badge Guides the 20 tonne Lion of Scotland remained at Holyrood on loan to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body till 2010. The Lion is now on loan to Essential Edinburgh and exhibited in St Andrew Square Gardens in Edinburgh. In 2013 I carved a four tonne Baby Elephant. In 2014 I carved a Gorilla Family another endangered species. At present I am working on a series of drawings and political cartoons on newspapers. I have also made thousands of drawings, paintings and illustrations on over 40 books including Family Bibles. Every day I write and play my piano.

CV & Education

1998 Appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. Solo exhibitions 2016 - Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition, The Falkirk Wheel, Central Scotland 2008 - Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh 2006 - Ronald Rae Exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield 2002 - Sculptures Tyger Tyger, Fish and Bison, Natural History Museum, London 2000 - Ronald Rae Drawings and Sculptures, Dormston Art Centre, Sedgley 2000 - Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition , Regent's Park, London. Opened 1999 1998 - Horse, Granite Sculpture on exhibition, The Vineyard, Stockcross 1998 - Wounded Elephant, Granite Sculpture on exhibition in Regent's Park, London 1997 - Ronald Rae Drawings, Cyril Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow 1997 - Ronald Rae, Drawings, Compass Gallery, Glasgow 1995 - BBC2 The Late Show, exhibition at Sheffield of Ronald Rae Sculpture 1995 - Ronald Rae, Sculpture, Various Sites - Milton Keynes 1994 - Famous for 15 Minutes Television Broadcast, Grampian TV 1994 - Ronald Rae, Drawings, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield 1994 - Ronald Rae, Sculpture, Nunnery Square, Sheffield 1992 - Ronald Rae, Drawings, Compass Gallery, Glasgow 1992 - 'Touching Humanity', (10x10) BBC2, Television Group exhibitions 2011 - The Force and Form of Memory, Compass Gallery, Glasgow 2011 - The Force and Form of Memory, The Compass Gallery, Glasgow 2007 - War Veteran & Animals in War Memorial sculptures , Bletcheley Park now at Campbell Park  Milton Keynes 2004 - Biblical drawings, The Scottish Churches House, Dunblane. Till April 2008. 2002 - Small stone carvings, British Geological Survey, Murchison House, Edinburgh 1997 - Cabinet Paintings, Compass Gallery, Glasgow 1996 - Catch the Moments as they Fly, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 1996 - Pride and Passion, Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh 1995 - Contemporary British Sculpture, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 1990 - British Sculpture, Cyril Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow 1990 - Sculpture Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 1989 - Ronald Rae, Drawings, MacLaurin Art Gallery, Ayr 1988 - Drawings, Netherbow Arts Centre, Edinburgh 1988 - Sculpture, Glasgow Garden Festival, Clydeside Docks, Glasgow 1987 - Drawings, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh 1986 - Drawings, Compass Gallery, Glasgow 1986 - Sculpture for the Garden, Harlow Car Gardens Harrogate, Yorkshire Public commissions 2010 - Baby Boar sculpture , Wetherspoons Restaurant, Aberdeen Airport 2008 - The Fallen Christ sculpture , The MacLeod Centre , Iona 2007 - Hiroshima Departed sculpture , Japanese Peace Park , Milton Keynes 2004 - Widow Woman sculpture, Jerwood Sculpture Park, Ragley Hall. St Francis purchased for NTS Threave Gardens 2015. Baby Elephant and Gorilla Family on exhibition on the plaza at Edinburgh Airport - 2015. Baby Elephant on exhibition at Edinburgh's West End 2016.