Approved: 25.07.2012

Rachel McDonnell

Artist

Approved: 25.07.2012

Rachel McDonnell is a painter whose preoccupations include light, and our experiences of it, paying homage to the minutiae/neglected things of life through the medium of painting, optical trickery and pattern.  Beyond that she has interests in philosophy and politics, feminism and the environment, amongst other things, all of which feed into her work.  She tries to amalgamate thoughts and ideas about art and the world into something which draws the viewer in, and might lead them to appreciate the work as an object in itself, and also to think about both the work and its subject.

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  • Location: Stroud, South West
  • Activities: Early years education, Community arts, Private commissions, Studio practice
  • Categories: Painting, Printmaking, Text, Commission
 
 

Biography

Rachel McDonnell is a painter whose preoccupations include light, and our experiences of it, paying homage to the minutiae/neglected things of life through the medium of painting, optical trickery and pattern.  Beyond that she has interests in philosophy and politics, feminism and the environment, amongst other things, all of which feed into her work.  She tries to amalgamate thoughts and ideas about art and the world into something which draws the viewer in, and might lead them to appreciate the work as an object in itself, and also to think about both the work and its subject.

Her recent work is focused on the creation of a three dimensional space by means of only the simplest two dimensional shapes:  circles and rectangles, resulting in op-art type paintings, which throw the eye and fuddle the brain.

CV & Education

Rachel McDonnell is an artist.  Her practice is generally painting based, though it has and will continue to take various other forms, including mixed media, sculpture and web projects.  She has had many exhibitions, both solo and group, including at:  James Wray & Co., Belfast; The Cavehill Gallery, Belfast; Bell Gallery, Belfast; The Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis; No. 54 Shepherd Market, London; The Menier Gallery, London; Walled Garden Gallery, Glenarm; The RWA, Bristol and Ludlow Open, Ludlow, and the Royal Academy, as well participating regularly in Stroud Valley Arts’ open studios programme.

Rachel studied for her Foundation Course in Fine Art at City and Guilds art school, before going on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St.  Anne’s College, Oxford, where she won a scholarship.  The ideas encountered during this time continue to inform her work, specifically in terms of the links between politics, philosophy and art.

She lives near Stroud with Ray and their two young daughters, who account for a small professional hiatus in the last few years.

Solo Shows

2005      Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis

2006      Bell Gallery, Belfast

              Gallery 54, Shepherd Market, London     

2008      Gallery 54, Shepherd Market, London

2009      James Wray & Co., Belfast

2012      Menier Gallery, London

2013      Walled Garden Gallery, Glenarm, Co. Antrim

Group Shows

2007      Prelude Art Fair, Spitalfields

              Cavehill Gallery, Belfast

2009      James Wray & Co., Belfast

2010      Ludlow Open    

2015      Royal West of England Academy Open, Bristol

2016      Royal West of England Academy Artist Network Exhibition, Bristol

              Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

              Stroud Valleys Open Studios Taster Exhibition

              The Other Art Fair, Arnolfini, Bristol

              National Open Art Competition Winners' Exhibition

              Royal West of England Academy Open, Bristol