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Barbara Rae



By: Bill Hare(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Art, Architecture & Photography

Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd; 9b edition (28 May 2008)

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The original title of the book: Barbara Rae

This is the first fully illustrated monograph of Barbara Rae's career to date. One of Britain's outstanding contemporary painters, Rae is a Royal Academician and the recipient of numerous awards including two doctorates and Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Known for their use of bright and contrasting colour, Rae's paintings combine the influence of landscape and travel with painterly abstraction. Many of her paintings can be found in public collections, including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; the Whitworth, Manchester; Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington. Educated at Edinburgh College of Art, Barbara Rae has always been influenced by her surroundings in her work. A scholarship allowed her to explore Europe for the first time in 1966 and this was the beginning of her lifelong passion for travel. This book charts the development of her work alongside her journeys around the globe, and the chapters are thus divided topographically: from 'Ireland' and 'Spain' to 'Arizona' and 'South Africa'.The reader comes to an understanding of the importance of place in Rae's work - in particular, the human traces and patterns of history that are left on a landscape - and at the same time gains an insight into how the structure of a landscape is simply the starting point for an experimental studio process, involving paint, colour and collage, that borders on abstraction. Her 'pure pleasure of painting' is evident in the dynamic and experimental works shown. In an extensive interview by Andrew Lambirth, Rae reveals the fascinating secrets of what goes on in her studio, such as throwing buckets of water at her paintings and working on large scale pictures on the floor; letting them accumulate splatters as part of their 'life'. An essay by Bill Hare situates the work in its twentieth- and twenty-first-century contexts. The contribution of the authors combined with the lavish and extensive illustrations ensure that this book is an important and engaging homage to the life and work of this extraordinary painter.

'This is a strong, well-designed monograph... The authors deserve praise for their thorough and engaging writing and the illustrations brilliantly convey the power of paintings.' The Art Book --Mr. Andrew Lambirth

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  • By Pamyoola on 20 November 2012

    book spilt into written part and then illustrations/images - gives the first impression of too many words, but not so - text is most interesting and images are fabulous. I bought this book for my husband's Christmas but ended up giving it to him right away because I loved it so much - and so did he.

  • By Jim Bunker on 1 February 2009

    Barbara Rae's paintings have the bold shapes and striking use of contrasting colour associated with abstract art, but her work is firmly rooted in the tradition of landscape painting. She makes sketchbook studies during her travels and from them, back in the studio, makes monotype prints with unusual colour combinations as a source of reference. The final painting evolves from an experimental creative process, using painterly colour and texture, collage, and even spatters of paint flicked at the canvas. Man-made structures and patterns on the landscape - architecture, telegraph poles and wires, roads, ploughed fields - are used, together with trees and foliage, as patterns against the dynamic textured backgrounds.This is a beautifully produced, extensively illustrated book, showing the work of an outstanding contemporary artist.

  • By wendy on 5 October 2010

    A luscious, lavishly illustrated book, if you admire her work then you will love this book, but don't expect the giving of any artistic secrets on how she achieves her sumptuous canvases, sadly she wont divulge her methods.

  • By Wendy North on 29 June 2013

    I love the way Barbara Rae uses colour whether applying subtle and subdued tones that reflect her native Scotland or the bright hues that speak of light and brightness and Mediterranean warmth.My only criticism is that I would have liked to hear a bit more of her voice coming through in the written sections.

  • By Kit on 24 March 2013

    This is an extremely well produced book about an important artist of our times. The plates are fantastically good, beautifully reproduced colour and revealing text. Inspirational and worth the expense.

  • By KH on 17 May 2013

    Liked the way her work is broken up in periods. Enjoyed the insightful interview in which she gives details about her work and approaches to it. Colour plates are well produced . Inspiring artist.

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