Over the span of her career, self-taught contemporary painter Rachael Edwards has developed a dark palleted method of connecting people…
by breaking the rules.
Evident by a vast spectrum of influences ranging from Caravaggio and Vermeer to Banksy and David Bowie, is a desire to constantly expand the inclusion of her audience by offering a visual experience full of juxtaposing styles that cross unwritten borders of technique. A body of work that began in acrylics and developed in homage to the power of renaissance painters began to widen and vary, eventually tossing aside the thought of limitations altogether. Childlike paper monsters offer a street art influence softly embedded in serious figurative paintings. The rebellious nature of spray paint becomes a conductor of harmony for whoever the audience may be. Cardboard is often used in pieces aimed at provoking an awareness of the human condition... whether its in a gallery, a back alley or street corner.
Winner of the Foundation Prize Fellowship Award in Painting from Peripheral Vision Arts (2016), Edwards' refusal to accept boundaries encourages the underlying concern of her work to transfer consistently through every statement, series, medium and concept... a concern for the treatment of life, and the importance of cherishing it.
Gleeson, Scott. "Heart First: An Interview with Rachael Edwards." Peripheral Vision, no. 3, 2016.
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