About

Biography

Rachel Perrin is a Melbourne based visual artist with an interest in drawing, painting and portraiture.

After completing high school at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1994 (dance), Perrin spent fourteen years working in the fashion industry and lived in Europe, Asia and Australia during that time. Her time in front of the camera influenced both her aesthetic and artistic process.

Rachel Perrin”s current solo show opens at Off the Kerb in Collingwood on July 29 th 2016, she has been involved in a number of group exhibitions including Bravarto at Gallery 314 in Melbourne last year, and Plastic at the student gallery Latrobe College of Art and Design. She has completed a number of portrait commissions and is represented in private collections in Melbourne, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Perrin has recently traveled to New York to complete at drawing intensive while studying a Diploma of Visual Arts at Latrobe College of Art and Design in Melbourne.

Artist statement 

I cannot separate myself from how the people around me feel.

I suppose it is just empathy, a vital tool for life that most of us have to varying degrees, but for me it can be exhausting, an involuntary love-hate experience which I can neither escape nor control.  The tone of a room, the mood of a stranger, of a friend, of anyone… I was drawn to portraiture as a way to transcribe what I absorb, to focus emotional energy and to engage in the very personal artist/sitter relationship.

My work asks the question, ‘Is there an essence of someone that may be captured?’  Through drawing, painting and burning, I aim to tap into a person’s sense of self, so that the end response of the subject to the finished work is as important as my own understanding.

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Conceptually I am interested in the sitter’s response to his or her own painted likeness, in the value we still place on the artist’s process, and in how it feels and what it means to the subject to be painted.

Mark making and materiality are important, and I work constantly to find new ways of representing gesturally what I see and feel.  The combinations of mediums used are unique to the sitter: usually oil, ink and charcoal over burning on raw materials.

There is a quiet about my work despite its scale, layering, texture and complexity: and careful contemplation and recognition of the inner sense of being that we all share.

CV 

2012 – 2016 Diploma of Visual Arts – Latrobe College of Art and Design, 138 Cromwell Street, Collingwood, Melbourne
2015 Painting intensive, David Ralph
2014 Drawing intensive, New York, USA
1993 – 2007 Fashion Model
Chadwick Model Management – Melbourne and Sydney
ProMod Model Agency – Munich and Hamburg
Flash Model Agency – Milan
Elite Model Management – Paris
Visage Model Agency – Japan

Exhibitions

2017 Group show YOUTH
Off the Kerb,
Johnston street, Collingwood
2016 Solo show ADORABLE DELINQUENTS
Off the Kerb,
Johnston street, Collingwood
2016 Group show HOB Final Show
House of Bricks,
Budd street, Collingwood
2015 Group show PLASTIC
Student gallery Latrobe College of Art and Design,
Latrobe St, Melbourne CBD
2015 Solo show THE LIBRARY
Student gallery Latrobe College of Art and Design,
Latrobe St, Melbourne CBD
2015 Group show COLOUR
Student gallery Latrobe College of Art and Design,
Cromwell St Collingwood, Melbourne
2015 Group show $2 SHOP
Student gallery Latrobe College of Art and Design,
Cromwell St Collingwood, Melbourne
2015 Group show BRAVARTO
Gallery 314, 314 Church Street,
Richmond, Melbourne, Australia

Prizes

2017 Winner PECULIAR PORTRAIT ART PRIZE
Fitzroy, Melbourne