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Manchester Art Fair 2024


Rachael Addis Paints

Stand: 802

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.


Exhibitions -

2019 - Comme Ca Art, Manchester

2020 - RA Summer Exhibition, London

2021 -

Multiple Solo Exhibitions

Multiple Group Exhibitions including Kings St Gallery, Lancaster

2022 -

A Generous Space 2, Walsall Gallery

Solo Exhibition, Lowry Hotel, Salford

Solo Exhibition, Inch Arts, Altrincham

Manchester Art Fair

2023 -

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

Achievements -

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


Rogue artist Studios
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Art Preview

  • 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      


  • Photoshoot ready for Manchester Art Fair

    23 Oct 2023 Rachael Addis
    Many thanks to photographer Mike Black for photographing my work ready for Manchester Art Fair.
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