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Rachael Wren's Small Paintings at the Burrison Gallery

April 5, 2011, Volume 57, No. 28

Rachael Wren
Nocturne, 2010, oil on linen, 20"x 20", by Rachael Wren.

The Burrison Gallery presents Rachael Wren: Small Paintings. A reception will be held for the artist on Wednesday, April 6 from 4 to 6 p.m.; the show runs through May 8.

Rachael Wren, a Penn alumna, is a Brooklyn-based painter whose atmospheric abstractions have their source in both landscape and memory. She received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 2002.

She writes about her work: “The dense, luminous atmosphere of my paintings is inspired by observed natural phenomena—fog playing between tree branches, light peeking through clouds, the darkening sky before a thunderstorm. I am drawn to moments when air feels thick, when space has a presence as real as that of solid objects. Through an accumulation of small, repeated brush marks, my work explores the ,tension between structure and space, geometry and randomness, to create a sense of place where form and air mingle with each other.”

She has exhibited her work in numerous group shows throughout the US, and has had solo exhibitions at the University of Massachusetts and Providence College. She was awarded the Julius Hallgarten Prize in 2006 from the National Academy Museum and an Aljira Fellowship in 2007. She has attended residencies at the Saltonstall Foundation, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Ms. Wren has been a Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina and at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and has given lectures about her work at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Hartford Art School, Pratt Institute, Kutztown University, and Rhode Island College. Her work was included in the February/March 2010 edition of New American Paintings. For information, visit www.rachaelw.com


Almanac - April 5, 2011, Volume 57, No. 28