Artist Biography - Rachel Tighe

Rachel Tighe is a young Urban Landscape Artist based in Birmingham. She graduated from University with a First Class Degree in Fine Art in 2008 and has, since then, been developing her process and creating new work.

Her subject matter focuses on drawing street scenes and cityscapes, in order to do this she has travelled to many places for inspiration and to keep variety
... in the Architecture within her work; this has taken her to places such as Canada, Barcelona, Venice, London and New York. Rachel is now currently exhibiting her work around the UK and is represented by seven respectable galleries, her work is also seen at affordable Arts fairs up and down the country.

Rachel creates paintings that appear naïve in appearance, yet there is a strong sense of discipline and direction amongst the bold colour palette and fluid marks.

It really goes back to basics in the studio for Rachel as she builds, stretches and primes all of her own canvases.

Each painting documents a moment from a time and place, but however static the paint is, the moment is kept bustling in the vibrancy of Rachel’s approach.

To collect inspiration for most of her paintings she will travel to sketch from real life in order to engage and get a feel of the location, to then take home and transcribe onto canvas. This has taken her across the world for inspiration and new perspectives.

Rachel has committed to developing her practise over the years and has now emerged and gained international recognition, with her work being held in homes around the world including Switzerland, Dubai, Boston and New York.

Artist Statement:

“The practice of my work involves capturing life and the architecture around us through the fast paced marks I make on paper. I then develop these images onto canvas and the illogical representations begin to take form and create naïve paintings which are full of movement and life.”

“My work is about the exploration of mark making and instinctive lines which map out and form our conscious surroundings. The graphical nature of my strokes challenges my use of colour to create depth and balance.”
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