Rachel was born in Dumfries, Scotland in 1976, completed an NC in Art and Design at Glasgow College of Building and Printing in 1994. She ran Northern Eye Gallery in Fife between 2002 and 2006 and now lives near Huntly in Aberdeenshire, on an off-grid Croft and is currently studying Music at North East Scotland College, Aberdeen.
Her practice as a painter, singer-songwriter and socially engaged artist, is inspired by the flora and landscape of the North East of Scotland and by her pacifist, political, feminist, environmental, holistic and psychological concerns.
Rachel recently completed a year-long residency at Deveron Projects in Huntly, where she collaborated digitally with Palestinian artist, May Murad, based in Gaza, on the project Walking Without Walls in which they shared landscapes, medicinal weeds and political walking. Their project culminated in the 2018 Slow Marathon in April and the accompanying paintings and plant journals are exhibited in the Ethical Gift Shop, Huntly. A short film about the project was presented at the Tate Modern, London as part of the Tate Exchange programme in May 2018 and at The Royal Scottish Academy of Arts and Architecture at the Edinburgh Arts Festival in August 2018. Rachel was also invited to speak at a conference in Austria by the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts at their Global Academy II, examples of transcultural exchange, for Art, Borders and Migration and for Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Lunchtime Talks in 2018 and 2019.
The ten minute film about the project can be watched here:
Her otherprojects and experience include; writing, performing and producing an album of poetry based songs, art and video work examining childhood, the psyche and dreams; An ongoing musical project with political and nature based themes; A collaborative book illustration and screen-printing project investigating the psychological themes around parenthood and childhood through the use of fantasy. She has also led workshops, classes and private tutored in a wide range of subjects including, intuitive painting, healing weeds and plant journaling, natural paint-making and clay oven and rocket stove building.
In 2014 Rachel was featured on Sky TVs ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’. She has exhibited paintings extensively since 1998; has been featured in numerous magazines and editorials and has work held in The Town Collection, Huntly; ConocoPhillips, Rubislaw House, Aberdeen and in private collections in the UK and the United States.
“This is a link to the off-grid project on the land where I live and have lived since 2007. Unfortunately on the 5th of December 2016 it suffered a devastating fire which destroyed nearly all our buildings. But we are back on the land, starting over, with eleven years of experience and lessons learned. You can follow the progress here.”
The following page is where you will find the kind of work found in Gallery:
The following page is where you will find the kind of work found in Gallery 2:
Here you can see my music videos:
And here you can buy my cards and small paintings:
And here are some more of my paintings and prints for sale:
Find me on Instagram @rachelbrideashton