Rachael Addis Paints
My practice involves working with acrylic, oil and ink to create visually beautiful works full of mesmerising detail. Distinctive mark making in my paintings has been described as ‘visual sound’ due to its meditative and rhythmic nature. Zen Buddhism, Eastern philosophical thought and pioneering Abstract Expressionists have profoundly influenced my style and attitude to the painted surface. My work has become both meditative and compulsive, pushing me both physically and mentally.
As a process painter I allow repetition to play a part in the slow unfolding of a finished piece. An experienced teacher of over 20 years, I understand the technicalities of creating art and am able to teach others how to do the same. I am proud to have worked on a multitude of projects, exhibiting widely and having my work selected for many prestigious accolades and prizes.
Rachael Addis (1977) is a contemporary painter based at Rogue Artists’ studios in Manchester - a leading studio community of over 80 artists. Her formative years were spent between the Lake District and Asia and remain a key influence on her artistic processes, chosen pigments and overall aesthetic. Whether painting plein-air or in her studio, Addis is able to create experimental works of varying size and subject.
Following a degree in Fine Art, Addis completed the three year Postgraduate programme at the Royal Academy of Arts Schools in London in 2003. Having dedicated much of her early career to teaching at degree level and in Further Education, she took a break from art to raise two boys. Beginning to paint seriously again in 2018, Addis is now exhibiting widely and exploring new ways of creating as a re-emerging artist.
2019 - Comme Ca Art, Manchester
2020 - RA Summer Exhibition, London
Multiple Solo Exhibitions
Multiple Group Exhibitions including Kings St Gallery, Lancaster
A Generous Space 2, Walsall Gallery
Solo Exhibition, Lowry Hotel, Salford
Solo Exhibition, Inch Arts, Altrincham
Manchester Art Fair
Group Exhibition, Mura Ma Art Space, Manchester
Solo Exhibition, “Exhibition Manchester”
Co-curated & Exhibited, 'A Small Space', Stockport
A Generous Space 3, Huddersfield Art Gallery
Solo Exhibition - Rogue Artist Studios, Manchester
2020 - Featured artist in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition BBC documentary
2021 - People's Choice Winner, International Gemini Arts Prize
2021 - 'Manc of the Year', Cotton On
2021 - Longlisted Jackson Painting Prize
2021 - Shortlisted Ing Discerning Eye Prize
2022 - Featured in Flux magazine
2023 - Awarded DYPC Arts Council Project Grant
Acrylic on Canvas, 90 cm in Diameter
Here's a sneek peek at the kind of work I will be exhibiting at The Manchester Art Fair. "The Secret Garden " is currently on display at The Lowry Hotel with Comme Ca Art. I have made a new series of ...
Inspired by my formative years ling in Hong Kong. The Flum Flum Trees is a Contemporary Chinese Landscape. Acrylic on Canvas , 100 cm by 150 cm