Rachel Duckhouse

Balallan Fank, 2020

Pen and ink drawing

51 x 65.5 cm

  • Rachel’s work is in major collections including The British Museum, London
  • Solo exhibitions include: MacRobert Art Centre, Stirling and Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
  • 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

Glasgow based artist Rachel Duckhouse’s new body of work consists mostly of meticulous pen and ink drawing. As an artist, importantly, she primarily works in printmaking. However, due to the recent pandemic, and therefore print studio closures, she consequently shifted her focus on creating a new body of drawing work. Therefore, crucially, the subject in her pen and ink drawing is based on her time and experiences on the RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) Residency. She draws inspiration for this new series of geometric drawings of sheep fanks from her walks and time on the Scottish Island of Eriskay.

As we can see, in ‘Balallan Fank’ (2020), mesmerisingly monochrome patterns form across the paper. They especially create an illusionistic image of real life objects. Duckhouse in particular found the brutalist concrete shapes she encountered contrasting hugely with their organic and natural backdrops. Likewise, the fanks, originally made to house sheep, soon subsequently become in many ways felt like scif-fi monoliths. This consequently greatly inspired her work.

Equally 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.