Artist Profile - Rachel Deacon
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Since graduating from Chelsea School of Art in 1991, Rachel has exhibited extensively in London, the UK and internationally. Her distinct style of work has grown enormously in popularity and she has been published by the Art Group and CCA Galleries who both distribute her work world wide. Rachel begins her work with a carefully selected narrative, a short story, poem or extract from which she gains inspiration. Her work is not illustrative of that text, but draws on the sentiment or ideas. She explores dimensions, pattern and compostion through drawings before creating the final image. Focusing mainly on the female figure, shapes and contours of the body are used to create a strong physical and spacial arangement, and layers of rich colours bring about shadow and an ambience of light. Her 'women' are self assured and provocative and often convey an inner strength suggested within the text. Naturally, through her inspiration, her paintings have a sense of narrative within them and are thoughtful or seductive.Through her yearly solo shows she has built up an extensive number of loyal clients. She also works to commission, working for large companies and private clients alike. She currently lives and works in London where the majority of her exhibitions are held.