This painting is one of a series of ‘black’ paintings that followed Rae’s highly energetic ‘black and white’ paintings. These paintings are much less frenetic and more sombre in tone, with deep black spaces, bright rectangular forms and figure-like brush marks. Each has a title referencing a contemporary horror film or video game - Night Vision
is a 1998 film about a serial killer obsessed with the media, adding to the disquieting nature of this work.
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Original: Oil paint and acrylic paint on canvas 244 x 213.5 cm © Fiona Rae
Fiona Rae RA (born 1963) is a British artist born in Hong Kong, and one of the YBA (Young British Artists) who exhibited in Damien Hirst's 1998 Freeze exhibition. She was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2002, and appointed Professor of Painting at the RA in 2011, making her the first woman to hold the position. She was a Tate Artist Trustee from 2005-2009. Her works are abstract, with titles that often reflect her interest in modern visual media.