Barbara Rae was educated at Edinburgh College of Art and has always been influenced by her surroundings. A scholarship in 1966 allowing her to explore Europe was the beginning of many travels which went on to include Ireland, Spain, Arizona and South Africa. Rae is not a landscape painter put more concerned with the human traces and intervention that make the landscape so unique. Her work is strong and borders on abstraction but the use of colour makes it live and jump off the page.
Certainly, if you look back over her work there are themes that recur such as doorways , windows looking out to fences and dilapidated buildings. It is here that we can see some synergy with John Piper, who was one of her college period heroes.
Barbara Rae painted in South Africa during 1996 - the same year that she was elected a member of the Royal Academy - and then again the following year. She first visited in November and December staying on the coast near False Bay with views to Cape point and Cape Town. She then went to the West coast the following year staying in the semi desert area of Karoo with its flat topped mountains. This spectacular scenery is an area that was also captured by John Knapp-Fisher some 30 years previous. (See image below right)
Work from this period by Barbara Rae was exhibited at the Art First gallery in London in 1997 and the work we have available here at Blondes Fine Art dates from that show , depicts Karoo Landscape and has the Art First gallery label verso. It is a wonderful example of Barbara Rae's work and represents great value.
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