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Rachel Deacon

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Is it possible to tell a story in a painting? Well, maybe not in the sense of beginning, middle and end but a painting can suggest a narrative. They can present one view while hinting tantalizingly at another. Rachel Deacon is quite open in her passion for storytelling, regularly using the written word as an inspiration for her work, fixing on a piece of text as the start point for a series of sketches that will evolve into the finished piece. Her work is not illustrative of the text, but delights in the re-telling, the sentiment or idea.

She has always painted women. Even as a child, she was fascinated by the relationships between women, family and friends, and their interaction with men. Now the work she makes gives her the opportunity to depict women as she sees them around her – as strong, seductive, powerful beings. And she relishes the beauty in the contours of the feminine shape. “I am drawn to the female form, and just don’t find men as interesting to paint,” she says, ‘although my collectors are split equally between men and women, which I love.”

What unites all these diverse compositions is the flair in their execution, they may be modern in their sensibility but in terms of composition, they look back to the classical masters. Rachel is happy with this classical president, “I embrace the tradition of the classical composition, and the presenting of an archetypal view. This helps in the re-telling of the story I am working from.”

Though flattered by the comparison to classical giants, she was never inspired directly by them. Rather, her preference during her art school years was for Paula Rego and Frida Kahlo. She liked them for their facility with narrative and symbol. “I love the ambiguity in their work, that sense that there’s something deeper going on,” she says.

This is how she imbues her luminous oil paintings with mystery and enigma. Her multi-layered work makes no apology for being erotic, and she enjoys celebrating women’s sexuality and reflecting their power and tenacity.

Rachel Deacon was born and lives in London and has been storytelling on canvas since leaving Chelsea School of Art 1991. She has delighted fans with her big shimmering works full of glamour and mystery ever since.

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Chelsea School of Art, London



Solo Shows
2017 – Catto Gallery, Hampstead, London
2014 – Catto Gallery, Hampstead, London
2012 – Catto Gallery, Hampstead, London
2011 – Ingo Fincke Gallery, London
2007 – Ingo Fincke Gallery, London
2006 – Ingo Fincke Gallery, London                      
2005 – Baillie Gallery, Tower Bridge, London
2005 – Ingo Fincke Gallery, London                              
2005 – Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge     
2003 – Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
2002 – Gallery One, London
2001 – CCA Gallery, Chelsea, London
2000 – Zella Gallery, Chelsea, London
1999 – Zella Gallery, Chelsea, London
1998 – Zella Gallery, Chelsea, London
1998 – Ingo Fincke & Son, Battersea, London
1992 – Brixtonian Backyard, Soho, London

Group Shows
2017 – Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, London
2017 – Ingo Finke Gallery, London
2016 – Concept Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2015 – Good Figures, The Mall Galleries, London
2013 – Art Catto, Loule, Portugal
2013 – Ingo Fincke Gallery, London
2012 – The Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
2012 – Art Erotica, Cork Street, London
2011 – Ingo Fincke Gallery, London
2010 – Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
2010 – Ingo Fincke Gallery, London
2009 – Ingo Fincke Gallery, London
2009 – Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
2008 – Ingo Fincke Gallery, London
2007 – Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
2007 – Ingo Fincke Gallery, London
2006 – Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
2005 – Baillie Gallery, London
2004 – Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
2004 – Baillie Gallery, London
2003 – Royal College of Art, Kensington, London
2003 – Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
2002 – Portal Gallery, Mayfair, London 
2002 – Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
2001 – Royal College of Art, Kensington, London
2001 – Gallery One, Barnes, London
2001 – Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
2000 – Royal College of Art, Kensington, London
1999 – Maymie White Contemporary Art, London
1999 – Collyer Bristow Gallery, Holborn, London
1999 – Morley Gallery, Westminster, London
1998 – Ingo Fincke & Son, Battersea, London
1998 – Thames Galleries, Dulwich, London
1998 – Maymie White Contemporary Art, London
1997 – Thames Galleries, Putney, London
1996 – Dryden Street Gallery, Covent Garden, London
1996 – Edith Grove Gallery, Chelsea, London
1995 – Mall Galleries, London
1995 – Tabernacle Gallery, Portobello, London
1994 – Ingo Fincke & Son, Battersea, London
1992 – Commonwealth Institute, Kensington, London

Art Fairs
2013-16 – The Dulwich Festival, London
2012 – Henley Festival, Henley.
2011 – Palace Art Fair, Fulham, London
2005/7 – Chelsea Art Fair, London                                    
2002 – C20/21 Art with Portal Gallery 
2002/4 – Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow, Scotland
2001/2 – New York Contemporary Art Fair, USA
2001/4 – Art 2001, Business Design Centre, London
99/12 – Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London

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Lost Days

20" x 24" / 50.8 x 61cm
Oil on Canvas

Surreptitious Token

48" x 60" / 121.9 x 152.4cm
Oil on Canvas

Tryst

20" x 16" / 50.8 x 40.6cm
Oil on Canvas

At That Hour

36" x 28" / 91.4 x 71.1cm
Oil on Canvas

Without Beginning or End

30" x 24" / 76.2 x 61cm
Oil on Canvas

Run of Salmon

60" x 72" / 152.4 x 182.9cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Chanteclair

42" x 36" / 106.7 x 91.4cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Water Lilies and Carp

44" x 52" / 111.8 x 132.1cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Orchids and Scorpions

52" x 44" / 132.1 x 111.8cm
Acrylic on Canvas

All Seagulls

50" x 36" / 127 x 91.4cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Zeus

32" x 36" / 81.3 x 91.4cm
Acrylic on Canvas

A Habit that Refuses to Die

30" x 30" / 76.2 x 76.2cm
Oil on Wood Panel

The Girl with the Flower Crown

36" x 16" / 91.4 x 40.6cm
Oil on Wood Panel

Night Watch – Limited Edition Signed Print

10 x 10 in, 25.4 x 25.4cm

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High Tide – Limited Edition Signed Print

10 x 10 in, 25.4 x 25.4cm

PURCHASE

Scavengers

26" x 14" / 66 x 35.6cm
Oil on Canvas

Icelander

30" x 24" / 76.2 x 61cm
Oil on Canvas

Whiskey 2

23.5" x 16.5" / 59.7 x 41.9cm
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Rollie 2

23.5" x 33" / 59.7 x 83.8cm
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Everything Will Be Beautiful

43" x 43" / 109.2 x 109.2cm
Oil on Canvas

Lonely

14" x 14" / 35.6 x 35.6cm
Oil on Canvas

Sunday

24" x 24" / 61 x 61cm
Oil on Canvas

The White Gloves

16" x 16" / 40.6 x 40.6cm
Oil on Wood Panel

Studio Boots No. 2

20" x 16" / 50.8 x 40.6cm
Oil on Canvas Covered Panel

Drive

16" x 20" / 40.6 x 50.8cm
Oil on Canvas Covered Panel

Inflated

12" x 9" / 30.5 x 22.9cm
Oil on Linen over Aluminum Panel

Green Light

18" x 18" / 45.7 x 45.7cm
Oil on Canvas

Golden Locomotive

16" x 20" / 40.6 x 50.8cm
Oil on Aluminum

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