Rae worked in oil paints for this abstract painting, allowing her to execute the painting over a number of days. As in Untitled (yellow)
, 1990, in this painting she applied the paint in a variety of thicknesses and methods, using masking tape to achieve crisp, straight edges in places and allowing thinned-paint to drip freely in others. Some of the elements resemble cartoon shapes and characters, examples of Rae’s interest in contemporary visual culture.
Untitled (grey and brown)
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 213.3 x 198.1 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.