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RACHEL HOWARD

Rachel Howard was born in County Durham, United Kingdom, in 1969. She graduated from Goldsmith’s College in 1991 with a degree in Fine Arts. Howard currently lives and works in London. She is best known for her abstract paintings; in these, Howard layers poured paint, allowing gravity, precision and chance to work simultaneously. Her use of strong vertical and horizontal lines lends depth to these paintings. Similar practices are used in her figurative works, where the paint on the canvas holds equal weight with the physical subject. In these, the figures themselves are often painted using her traditional gravitationally controlled poured paint. Howard’s works have been shown extensively throughout Europe. Recent group exhibitions include: Settle Opere per la Misericordia, 4th edition, curated by Mario Codognato, Pio Monte della Misericordia, Naples (2016); Sleepless, Beds in History and Contemporary Art, 21er Haus, Vienna, AT (2015); Untitled (Unconscious), T. J. Boulting, London (2014); Invitation to a Beheading, curated by Rachel Howard, Marianne Boesky, New York, US (2013); Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London (2013); Freedom Not Genius, curated by Elena Geuna, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin (2012) touring to Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, (2013); Gravity and Disgrace, curated by Rachel Howard, Blain|Southern Gallery, London (2012); Summer Exhibition 2012, Royal Academy, London (2012); Vanitas – The Transience of Earthly Pleasures, All Visual Arts, London (2010); Kupferstichkabinet – Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London (2010); Modern Times, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge and De La Warr Pavilion (2010); Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London (2009); RED Auction, Sothebys at Gagosian Gallery, New York (2008); In the darkest hour there will be light: works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme collection, Serpentine Gallery, London (2006); Jerwood Drawing Prize, London (2004), Intuition/(im)precision, (curated by Thomas Krens, Director of the Guggenheim Foundation) Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Saltzburg, Austria (2004); Shimmering Substance (curated by Barry Shwabsky and Katsou Roberts) The Cornerhouse, Manchester and Arnolfini, Bristol (2002) and The Choice, Exit Art, New York (1998). ~ gagosian.com / ~ blainsouthern.com

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