Barbara Rae’s Return Journey

This prolific, colourful artist has created her work through world-wide travels and inspired by the history of land – both agricultural and industrial, often incorporating both. Barbara Rae CBE RA is currently showing a selection of her work entitled ‘Return Journey’ at the Open Eye Gallery’s Festival Exhibition.

I caught up with her at the Private View and discovered that this lady is quick-witted and fun. I particularly liked her remark ‘too much is not enough’ – whilst said in a light-hearted fashion there is behind it the kind of personality which does not give up and is certainly not in any way self-satisfied. People were literally queuing up to speak with her.

BR2Her family is important to her, and painting is her full-time occupation but, Barbara told me her professional life and her private life are completely separate entities. She believes her paintings (many using acrylic paint and mixed media) tell stories of the times and places captured permanently and exhibited widely.

Particularly of interest is her insistence on the ‘mastery of drawing before venturing into abstraction’. These are her words and the concept has its roots in the training she received at the College of Art in Edinburgh. This essential element is evident in the works and gives an intensely poetic patchwork, visual style conveying the ruggedness of life’s daily struggles, wherever in the world she has visited and which are part of daily life.

BR3One cannot fail to be almost dazzled by the brilliant colours of some works, contrasting with more sombre, almost monochromatic industrial scenes, which whilst quite bleak are very evocative.

The Open Eye Gallery is at 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE. Opening times are Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Showing until 31st August.


About Christine Richard OBE FRSA Christine has over 25 years' experience in public life in Scotland in the fields of politics, education, public relations and charity work. For 12 years she served on the City of Edinburgh District Council and was her Group's leader for 4 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was made an OBE. Christine is a member of the Board of The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy. She has just completed six years on the Board of The Edinburgh International Festival. Christine's business experience has covered the fields of theatre, economic development, science, coal mining, education and training. She has held a number of non-executive directorships in these disciplines. She is a trained and experienced personal relationships counsellor and a business and personal mentor. In 2005 Christine established Christine Richard Associates who undertake Event Management and Public Relations as well as company and individual profiling. She coordinated the 'Yes to Edinburgh' campaign on congestion charging in Edinburgh. ten years ago Christine co-founded West Lothian Women in Business, which is a network for women who are self-employed and also for women managers. Christine has now stepped down from the Chair of this thriving organisation. For 5 years Christine was a magistrate in the District Court. She was also a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on the appointment of Justices of the Peace. She has been an adviser to Government in various areas of policy, including health, local government and education. Christine is a trained and experienced radio and television broadcaster and writer as well as an entertaining and accomplished speaker. She has a wealth of topics on which she is invited to speak. These range from witty after lunch and after dinner speaking to the more serious topics of the economy, health, education, enterprise, the Powers of the Mind and Life/work balance. She writes reviews and articles for lifestyle magazine, Lothian Life. She took part as a contestant in an ITV gourmet TV show, Chef V Britain, challenging TV chef Gino D'Acampo to cook her signature dish, Posh Cottage Pie. Currently Christine is a member of the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland's Futures. Also she is involved in the group Changing the Chemistry of Scottish Boards. Her first novel, Whitewalls, a modern Scottish family saga has been published by New Generation Publishing and is available on all internet books siets and from libraries. She is writing a sequel Autumn at Whitewalls. Her leisure interests include her family, literature, music, theatre, food, wine and horse racing. She is a member of a racing syndicate, which has two horses in training.
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