Dan Perfect & Fiona Rae

Fiona Rae, Does now exist?, 2013, oil on canvas, 213.4 x 175.3 cm (copyright Fio
Fiona Rae, Does now exist?, 2013, oil on canvas, 213.4 x 175.3 cm (copyright Fiona Rae, courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery, London)

Andy Parkinson reviews the exhibition Painter, Painter: Dan Perfect, Fiona Rae at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, on view through July 6, 2014.

Parkinson writes that in Rae's work "the digital seems to be referenced more in the synthetic colours and the insertion of manufactured collaged elements from childish popular culture, girly stationery, stickers of cute cartoon pandas, her now familiar mixing of crass pop decor with the tropes of Abstract Expressionism, that continues to have the power to jar, entertain, and provoke. If Perfect’s paintings resemble landscapes Rae’s are more like full-figure portraits, at least in their orientation, there is something person-like in their physical scale, but optically it is space that seems to be portrayed. Both artists open up spaces that appear cosmic, Rae’s to an even greater degree, her choice often of blue hues, the inclusion of stick-on stationery stars and her tracing direction lines from their points all add to this impression of the stellar."