Rachel Duckhouse

Capillacea (from the Corallinae series), 2017

Hand coloured pen and ink drawing on paper

37 x 37 cm (paper size)

  • 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

The ‘Corallinae series’ is a series of intuitive, process led, studio based drawings. Each work therefore derives from a set of rules the artist follows loosely. The series consists of 5 abstract drawings in total. The portrayal of floating layers unite all of the works.

Another work from the series, ‘Corallinae’, is in the collection of the British Museum. It was shown in their recent exhibition ‘Pushing Paper: Contemporary drawing from 1970 to now’ showcasing contemporary drawing from their collection. This BM touring exhibition opens at The Pier Arts Centre, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Cooper Gallery later this year and next.

What always drives Rachel’s work is the drawing of repeated shapes or lines and the themes of repetition, layering, architectural structure and patterning. Similarly, as she develops her practice, these themes evolve into the starting point for several research based projects. These explore patterns, structures and repeated rhythms and flows. These are likewise found in all sorts of contexts, including architecture, landscape, the flow of water and biological systems. However, in between these research based projects, she continues developing series of intuitively drawn pen and ink works. Her wider research based practice loosely informs these drawings, such as ‘Capillacea’, but she drives them more by instinct than research.