Housing a permanent collection, Reflecting Canberra, and a variety of local, national and international exhibitions, CMAG provides a refreshing insight to the integration of social history and the visual arts.
6 February – 6 June 2010
Jude Rae is an artist who possesses exceptional skill as a painter, favouring still lifes and portraits to express her view of the world. Her work references European traditions of art but is wholly contemporary in its vision.
Rae has undertaken residencies in Paris and New Zealand and exhibited widely in Australia and New Zealand, as well as Berlin, Germany and San Francisco, USA. She is represented in many public and private collections including the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra and Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand. She has twice been awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2005 and 2008) Australia's most prestigious portrait prize for female artists.
This exhibition focuses on Jude Rae’s still lifes for which she is widely respected. Rae’s ability to render objects with paint can be astonishing, and in doing so she never belies the painted medium, which is applied with such a deft hand that close inspection of the surface reveals the objects are created with the minimum amount of brush strokes. The artist’s impeccable eye for detail and innate ability for composition fills these works with a contemplative silence that communicates something far beyond the objects themselves.
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