Currently exhibiting at The Towner is Fiona Rae who has 16 paintings on display until June 23 in a display entitled ‘Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century’.
Over the last 25 years Fiona has established herself as one of the leading painters of her generation, with a distinctive body of work – full of restless energy, humour and complexity – which has set out to challenge the modern conventions of painting.
She draws her influences and ideas from a huge selection of sources – including graphic novels, Japanese anime, the painterly splashes and drips of Abstract Expressionism, and artists as wide-ranging as Albrecht Dürer (whose works are held in the Towner Collection) and Philip Guston.
The exhibition brings together paintings executed since 2000, a time when the artist began to make dramatic changes to her practice, incorporating the visual conventions of the post-Photoshop generation.
Fiona first came to public attention when she was included in Freeze, the group show in London’s Docklands organised by Damien Hirst in 1988, which launched the new YBA generation of British artists who redefined art in the 1990s.
She quickly gained international acclaim: she participated in the Venice Biennale in 1990 and was shortlisted for Tate’s Turner Prize in 1991. Since then she has exhibited widely internationally and her works are held in collections worldwide.