Fiona Rae, photo: Dan Perfect

Over the last thirty years Fiona Rae has produced a distinctive body of work rooted in a conceptual examination of the problems and possibilities of abstract painting. Rae frequently reinvigorates her practice through self-imposed strategic challenges, which have resulted in over fifteen different series of paintings to date. The paintings are improvised directly onto the canvas, establishing painterly and semiotic codes within which each visual element has an equal importance and significance in an inclusive and democratic fictive space. Known for their iconoclastic approach to subject matter and formal concerns, Fiona Rae’s paintings incarnate an abstract-pop universe, filled with references to modern and contemporary painting, pop culture, and digital technology.

 

Fiona Rae was born in Hong Kong in 1963. After studying at Croydon College of Art and Goldsmiths College in London, Rae took part in the groundbreaking exhibition Freeze in London’s Docklands in 1988, becoming one of the first representatives of the Young British Artists (YBAs) who were to change the British art world and beyond. In 1991, Fiona Rae was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, and in 1993 for the Austrian Eliette von Karajan Prize. Rae was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2002, and served as a Tate Artist Trustee from 2005 to 2009. The artist was appointed as the first female Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy Schools from 2011 to 2015, and in 2015 was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Goldsmiths, University of London.

 

Fiona Rae has exhibited extensively at museums and galleries internationally, including the Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, France; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; Leeds Art Gallery, UK; Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (MoCA), China; Singapore Art Museum (SAM); Tate Britain, London, UK; Tate Liverpool, UK; Hayward Gallery, London, UK. Rae’s work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Tate Collection, London, UK; Fonds national d’art contemporain (FNAC), Paris, France; Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Mudam), Luxembourg; Fundacio La Caixa, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D. C., USA; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Germany; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D. C., USA; Albertina, Vienna, Austria.

 

Fiona Rae lives and works in London.

Fiona Rae

Born 1963 in Hong Kong. Lives and works in London.

Education
1983-84 Croydon College of Art, London, UK
1984-87 Goldsmiths College, London, UK
Grants and Awards
1991 Shortlisted for the Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London, UK
1993 Shortlisted for the Eliette von Karajan Prize for Young Painters, Austria
2002 Elected to Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2002-05 Shadowland, Tate Modern Restaurant Commission, London, UK
2003 BBC Commission: Signal, installation for Art Site, BBC Broadcasting House Public Art Programme, London, UK, July 1–November 5
2005 Master Artist in Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA
2005-09 Appointed Tate Artist Trustee, London, UK
2007 Shortlisted for the Charles Wollaston Award, The 239th Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, June 11–August 19
2010 Curator of Invited Room, The 242nd Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, June 14-August 22
2011-13 Tate Members’ Artist Commission
2011-15

Professor of Painting for the Royal Academy Schools, London, UK

2015

Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions

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Group Exhibitions

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Selected Collections
Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA

Arts Council England, UK

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK

British Council, UK

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Carré d’Art - Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes, France 

Contemporary Art Society, London, UK

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain d’Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain d'Île-de-France, France

Fundación Barrié, A Coruña, Spain

Fundació “la Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain 

Government Art Collection, UK

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany 

Jerwood Collection, UK

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA

Leeds Museums and Galleries, Leeds, UK

Mudam Luxembourg - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg

Musée Départemental de Rochechouart, Haute-Vienne, France

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., USA

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK

Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Sintra Museum of Modern Art, Portugal

Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK

Tate Collection, UK

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Warwick University Art Collection, UK