Rachel Duckhouse

Balallan Fank, 2020

Pen and ink drawing

51 x 65.5 cm

  • Notably, Rachel’s work is in major collections including The British Museum, London
    Solo exhibitions include MacRobert Art Centre, Stirling and Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
  • Also, her Group exhibitions include: ‘Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing 1970 to now’, British Museum and touring; New acquisitions, British Museum, London; Objectspace, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Selected for Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

For the most part, Glasgow based artist Rachel Duckhouse’s new series is mostly made up of meticulous pen and ink drawing. As an artist, she primarily works in printmaking. However, due to the recent print studio closures she has created a new body of drawing work. Crucially, her new focus on this subject in her pen and ink drawing is based on her time at the RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) Residency. In particular, she bases this new series of geometric drawings on sheep fanks on the Scottish Island of Eriskay.

As we can see, in ‘Balallan Fank’ (2020), mesmerisingly monochrome patterns form across the paper. In turn, they create an illusionistic perspective of real life objects. Importantly, Duckhouse found the brutalist concrete shapes contrasted hugely with their organic and natural backdrops. To compare, the fanks were made to house sheep but in many ways felt like scif-fi monoliths, consequently this greatly inspired her work.

Important to note, this month, Rachel’s work is included in The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (previously the Jerwood Drawing Prize). The exhibition opens in London January 2021. Likewise, she is showing this new body of work in a solo exhibition on now at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre.