Barbara Rae

Artist Biography

Barbara Rae CBE RA b1943 born in Falkirk, Scotland. She studied at the Edinburgh College of Art 1961-1965 (where she still lives and works today) and was awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship and then a travel scholarship to France and Spain.

Barbara Rae is a highly acclaimed painter and printmaker and her abstract works affirm her incredible gift as a colourist. Her work reflects her time spent in different countries, working in Ireland , Scotland, Mexico , Spain to name but a few,  here she immerses her herself in the different cultures and the lie of the land. Human incursions and the relationship these have with the land are often reflected in her bold compositions. Observation and understanding of the landscape playing a huge part primarily working in sketch-books defining patterns and movement and colour relations then later in her worked up larger colourful, graphic works in print and on canvas.

She attended Moray House College of Education and taught in Edinburgh until 1972. She went on to Lecture in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at Aberdeen College of Education from 1972 to 1974 and Lectured in drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1975 to 1996. She was a visiting Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of art, Dundee in 1997.

Selected Awards;

Major Scottish Arts Council Awards (1975, 1981)

Guthrie Medal, Royal Scottish Academy (1977),

Royal Scottish Academy Sir William Gillies Travel Award (1983)

Calouste Gulbenkian Printmaking Award (1983)

Hunting Group Prizewinner (1990).

Elected President of the Society of Scottish Artists in 1983.

Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1992 (ARSA 1980)

Royal Academician in 1996.

Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland since 1995 Member of the Board of the British School at Rome in 1998.

CBE and received an Honorary Doctorate from Napier University, Edinburgh. 1999

Barbara Rae has exhibited regularly nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in public and private collections around the world.  

Selected Exhibitions