Rachel Fairfax is a figurative painter.
She was born in Sydney and grew up in Forster/Tuncurry, on the NSW mid-North Coast of Australia.
Currently she lives and works in Sydney..
Rachel studied a BA (Fine Art Painting) then Honours (Drawing) at National Art School, East Sydney from 1998-2002.
Rachel is trained as a painter and has exhibited Paintings, Drawings and Ceramics, professionally since graduation.
She is a Lecturer in Drawing and Painting at the National Art School, East Sydney 2003-present.
She is currently represented by NG Art Gallery, Sydney. She was represented by Ray Hughes Gallery 2005-2010 and Defiance Gallery 2003-2005.
Rachel won two Reg Richardson Scholarships in 2003 and carried out two Hill End Residencies in Murray's and Haefliger's cottages. She won the Maunsell Wickes Barry Stern Galleries painting prize in 2005 and won the Art Moment Gallery Painting Prize in 2006. She carried out a Taronga Zoo Artist in Residency project in 2009. She lived in Hong Kong for 2011, working on Artist in Residency projects there.
Rachel has taken on significant commissions and residencies and been selected for many art prizes, all listed in her CV.
Her work is held in public collections of Artbank, Sydney Airport, St Vincents Hospital, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Tetsyua's Restaurants and private collections of Ray Hughes, Reg Richardson, Joe Montano Jonathan Self (Ireland), Defiance Gallery, Michael Nock (Hong Kong) to name a few.
Rachel was named as one of Australia's 10 leading artists on Australia Day 2009 in The Sydney Morning Herald.
Australia Day 2013
The Canberra Times asked 12 leading Australian artists for their artistic vision of our national identity"
"When I wake up to the sounds of the cockatoos screeching through the skies over the Coogee Vallery, I know I am home"
Stella Downer Fine ArtZoologica
TANYA CHAITOW, VIOLA DOMINELLO, LYNDA DRAPER, RACHEL FAIRFAX, JUDY HOLDING, JACQUI HUDSON, SHERRIE KNIPE, MIKI KUBO, STEVE LOPES, JOY WARREN, TREVOR WEEKES, JOHN WRIGHT.
19 February – 16 March 2013
Opening Saturday 23 February, 3 - 5pm
Rachel Fairfax - Spirit Birds
5th February - 23rd February
Spirit Birds will be opened by distinguished Australian artist Lucy Cullitonon Tuesday 5 February at NG Art Gallery, Chippendale, from 6 - 8pm.
Rachel Fairfax's latest solo exhibition at NG Art Gallery conjures up much more than visual beauty; Fairfax uses her alluring subjects as symbols of renewal, regeneration, fertility, sensuality and sexuality. However, put simply, "It's about love."
The senses are awakened as a level of synesthesia exudes from the portraits; musicality in her brushstrokes and use of colour extract a sense of spirituality and new beginnings.
Glimpses of text and appropriation are seen as they penetrate through the layers of paint, blurred and distorted on purpose. These subtle but defining developments in Fairfax's work mark a very poignant shift in her artistic journey.
The Deck the Walls exhibition at Stella Downer Fine Art
13 November - 15 December 2012
Deck the Walls celebrates the year in art. Feast on brand new works by FILOMENA COPPOLA, VIOLA DOMINELLO, RACHEL FAIRFAX, ASHLEY FROST, MERRICK FRY, MIKI KUBO, ISHBEL MORAG MILLER & LIZ SHREEVE. Presenting eight gifted artists, Deck the Walls brings Christmas tidings and suggests a flourishing creative spirit.
The painting selected for the Wilson Art Award
was also selected for the Redlands Art Award in Queensland www.redlandartawards.org.au
and also selected for the Gainsborough Greens Art Award in Queensland www.gainsboroughgreens.com.au/artawards
and also selected for the Flanagan Art Prize Exhibition in Ballarat, Victoria www.stpats.vic.edu.au
Waverley Action for Youth Services Art Auction 2012
This painting Bird Show, Ducks 2012 has been selected among the leading artists participating in the Waverley Action for Youth Services Art Auction 2012
The 2010 auction included such artists as David Bromley, Peter Sharp, Lucy Culliton, John Coburn, Martin Sharp, Rachel Fairfax and many other artists complementing the prestigious line up
This painting has been selected for the Wilson Art Award.
Cows and Ducks
Easter Show 2012
Oil on board, 90x90cm
More information about the prize and exhibition can be found at www.wilsonartaward.com.au/the-award/exhibition-in-brief/
This painting "Wylies Baths Coogee" received a "Highly Commended" in the Waverley Art Prize for 2012, judged by Kerrie Lester and Sam Dickerson.
Wylies Baths Coogee
Oil on Canvas, 90x90cm
More information about the prize and exhibition can be found at www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/things_to_do/arts_and_culture/waverley_art_prize
An exhibition of artworks by:
Artist in Residence
and Year 11 Visual Arts students
'SHIP SHAPE' – THE BOAT SHOW
Exhibition dates and opening:
10 – 26 November 2011
Opening 6-8pm Thursday 10 November
This painting has been selected as a finalist in
Victoria's ANL Maritime Art Prize.
Fishing Boats, Wallis Lake, Forster Tuncurry, 2011,
Oil on Canvas, 120x120cm
Their website is www.missiontoseafarers.com.au
Opening night and Prize announcement is Thursday night 6th October in Melbourne.
Landscapes of the Larapinta Trail
NG Art Gallery
5th - 23rd July 2011
Driving up the Larapinta Trail in The Northern Territory, Rachel Fairfax, was so inspired by the landscape, she was sketching in the car. 'I got a bit car sick,' she laughs, 'But I just had to document it. There was...'
Exhibition Invite (pdf)
Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize 2011
Rachel's drawing "Birthday Waterhole Larapinta Trail" has been selected to be represented in the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize which opens on 25th February 2011.
For more infomation please see:
18 January - 5 February 2011
The Distant Bridges exhibition for Amnesty International is a beautiful charity exhibition in support of refugees.
This exhibition includes 2 of Rachel's ocean paintings - an interpretation of the theme "The Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with a Single Step" by Chinese Philosopher Lao Tse.
For more infomation please see: www.ngart.com.au