About Me

I knew from a very early age I only ever wanted to be an artist and have always drawn since I can remember. I began to focus more seriously on my creativity after my first solo show in London, 2011.  I paint as I want to capture the  beauty of being alive and all that entails - the hardships, the love, and I want to explore our connection to the planet and others.  I think this is why I return to the figure and nature again and again.  I also find people's stories fascinating and painting gives me a way to communicate them. Each mark, each line has a history and can tell a whole story. There are often many layers to my paintings, as there are to people. 

I can't get enough of paint and the excitement of when a painting is in flow. The relationship can be quite intoxicating. I have used oils for years, but more recently have started playing around with acrylics as the drying time is shorter and I can be more experimental and build up layers quickly. I like to think when I paint that I am adding something to the world, rather than taking away, which is why I enjoy teaching so much. When one gives, they receive back in ways wholly unexpected, creating a never ending chain of prosperity.

I grew up around London and now live in the East Sussex countryside, which has greatly influenced my recent works. I graduated from Wimbledon School of Art and the University of East London where I studied Fine Art.  I've exhibited work in approximately forty exhibitions to date and been shortlisted for the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, Rye Society Of Arts Summer Exhibition, Towner Gallery Sussex Open and Hastings Museum Open. I run weekly drawing and painting classes online and face to face. My work is held in private collections in Australia, US, UK, Singapore & New Zealand.

To enquire if an artwork is available, to commission a piece, or if you would like to feature my work please e-mail rachelglittenberg@gmail.com.

About My Work

Using a mix of my imagination, drawing and photographic references,  I use elements from history and folklore to explore what it means to be a woman in the 21st century, within the transitory and some times chaotic nature of life. As part of this struggle of being  alive, there are often periods of fallow and death, both vital to the process  of renewal – ‘for a rose to flourish, it  must first lose it’s petals’, anonymous.

My work is a celebration of this flow in life, bound  up in hope, anxiety, love and death. I use a variety of surface materials,  colour and mark making to convey different moods and emotions. Blurring the  lines between reality and fiction, I paint expressive, dreamlike worlds,  which aim to capture a brief moment in time, like a still from a scene in  an opera or play. 

The women I paint are at ease  with themselves and not generally paying attention to the viewer. I want my  women to be challenging to look at, which is why I often paint them close up,  producing a feeling of intensity.  Their postures are expressions of their  sense of self. These figures are powerful in their feminine and sometimes  fragile stance. There is great strength in the ability to be vulnerable, which  I try to show in my work.  It’s not a  quality I feel is so much admired in society, almost shied away from, but it’s  my  aim to highlight all parts of the human condition, both the dark and the light.


CV

Education

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, MA Arts Administration, 1995

University of East London, BA Fine Art, 1990

Wimbledon School of Art, London, Fine Art Foundation, 1989

Invited Group Shows

2020 The Body Landscape, Elisabeth Bauer Gallery, Hastings

2019 Winter Show, Cameron Contemporary, Hove

2019 Tales Of Distant Shores, Cameron Contemporary, Hove

2019 From One Unconsciousness To Another, Elisabeth Bauer Gallery, Hastings

2019 The Artist In A Paper Mirror, Elisabeth Bauer Gallery, Hastings

2019 Antidote To Love, St Anne's Galleries, Lewes

2018 The Christmas Show, St Anne's Galleries, Lewes

2018 Summer Show, Rye Art Gallery, Rye

2018 Coastal Currents Art Fair, Hastings

2018 Home, St Anne's Galleries, Lewes

2018 A Sensual Aggression, St Anne's Galleries, Lewes

2018 Festival 15, Hastings Art Forum, St Leonards on Sea

(curated by Matt Burrows/Charlotte Snook)

2017 Lucy Bell Gallery, Christmas Show, St Leonards on Sea

2017 Cameron Contemporary Gallery, Winter Show, Hove

2017 Cameron Contemporary Gallery, All Square, Hove

2017 Coastal Currents Open Studio, St Leonards on Sea

2017 Rye Society of Artists Summer Exhibition, Rye

2017 Sussex Open 2017, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

2017 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2017, Piano Nobile Kings Place, London

2017 Facile & Viscous, Murmurations Gallery, Bexhill

2016 Christmas Group Show, Rye Art Gallery, Rye

2015 Face The Front, Rye Art Gallery, Rye,

2015 Omega Studios, St Leonards on Sea

2013 Group Open Studios, Lambeth Open, London

2013 Charity Group Show, Foreman's Fish Island Gallery, London, invited

2013 Group Open Studios, Dulwich Artists' Open House, London

2012 Group Open Studios, Dulwich Artists' Open House, London

2012 On the Brow of the Hill, Dulwich Park, London

2012 Group Show, Grossmith Gallery, Margate

2012 Group Open Studios, Lambeth Open, London

2011 Beauty in the Realm, Ice House Gallery, London

2011 Group Open Studios, NW10 Group Open Studios, London

2011 Group Open Studios, ArtNW10 Art Trail, London

2011 Brent Art Fair, The Gallery at Willesden Green, London


Solo Shows

2018 Private Open Studio, St Leonards on Sea

2018 Private Open Studio, St Leonards on Sea

2017 Curious Beings, Café Gratitude, St Leonards on Sea

2016 A Selection of Works, In House Junkie, St Leonards on Sea

2013 Landscape of the Human Soul, Audio Lounge, London

2012 Private Open Studio, London

2012 Beauty in the Realm, Romeo Jones, London

2010 The Treehouse, London

2010 The Medicine Garden, Surrey


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