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Born in Auckland, New Zealand (1991), previously completed Honours in Fine Arts (2013) at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. In her painterly respo ...
Born in Auckland, New Zealand (1991), previously completed Honours in Fine Arts (2013) at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
In her painterly response to the subjects and narratives of her work, Rachael Dewhirst’s paintings touch upon both formal aspects of painting and the immediate experience of the world around her. Dewhirst works in a range of media, applying paint in impasto and translucent washes. Just as the application of paint to the canvas demonstrates a joy and pleasure in the act of painting, the subjects of Dewhirst’s work are equally characterized by their optimism. Dewhirst completed BFA Honours in Fine Arts in 2013 at the University of Canterbury, and has work in the collections of the James Wallace Trust and University of Canterbury.
Rachael Dewhirst’s current series of paintings ‘Bon appétit’ are a continued reflection on the artist’s journeys in France. The work has taken a more figurative approach integrating forms from markets, villages and new landscape. This latest work draws on her pervious collages along side recalled memories and small studies of the artists surroundings. These works fuse the captivating familiarity of the visual experiences of France, expanding it into larger more dynamic painterly spaces. Recognition of modernist artists such as Matisse, Hodgkins and Stellar can still be felt within the painterly expression of all over patterning, use of light and colour. Whilst coupled with with new references to more Surrealist tendencies seen in the bizarre placement of food within the landscape. Glazed croissants march across the canvas and stacked baguettes form the frame of a pier. Delicate brushwork mimicks fine lacework of French couture; every work a play on the cultivation of taste.
Awards and grants:
Royal Academy of Arts London- shortlisted for an interview
Recipient of Ethel Susan Jones Travel Scholarship
Recipient of the Harry van der Lecq Scholarship for Painting
College of Arts Honours Scholarship
Recipient of a Bickertion-Widdowson Trust Memorial Scholarship
Seager Prize in Fine Arts
Awarded Scholarship as one of Canterbury University’s twenty art scholars,
recipient of a Bickerton-Widdowson Trust Memorial Scholarship.
Select Award Winner: University of Canterbury Art Acquisition (Judge: Linda Tyler)
Awarded a Bickerton-Widdowson Trust Memorial Scholarship
Zonta Youth Art Awards 3rd place
James Wallace Trust Collection
University of Canterbury Collection
Selected Exhibition History:
‘Bon appétit’, Bowen Galleries Wellington, 1-21st February 2016
Aveyron à la mer’, Chambers 241 Gallery Christchurch, 10th-31st March 2015
‘Valetta Series’, Bowen Galleries Wellington, 16th June- 5th July 2014
‘Standing Back’, new works, Rachael Dewhirst and Simon Ogden at Bath Street Gallery Parnell Auckland, 6th May – 31st May 2014
Part of summer group show at Bath Street Gallery, 12th Feb- 2nd March 2013
Part of group showing in Hazeldean at Murray & Co Christchurch – until March 2013.
Part of group show Chambers 241 Gallery Christchurch, 21st January 2013
Resene Art in the streets Scape Christchurch mural in Cashel Street ‘Kaleidoscopic Nights’ 2012
‘Peachy Keen Jelly Bean’ – PaperGraphica Gallery Christchurch, 1 Oct – 15 Oct 2012
‘Works in Process’ – Casting Room, Canterbury University, Aug 31 2011