Helen Rae

About the Artist

Born in 1938, Rae has lived in the Claremont area her entire life and has created art at Claremont Art Center since 1990. Her work, in colored pencil and graphite, is immediately striking for its vivid imagery and resonant use of color. Her drawings exude a strange power and sense of menace. Fierce or frightened-looking women, with distorted figures, often seem to be hiding or escaping in furtive dream-like adventures, emerging out of or disappearing into ornate floral patterns, shrouded in luxuriant foliage, or on the verge of vanishing into abstraction. Using fashion advertisements as a point of departure for otherworldly journeys into the unconscious, Helen holds up a shattered mirror to the source material, breaking down the images into something uniquely expressive. Rae is represented by First Street Gallery and The Good Luck Gallery in Los Angeles where she has been honored with solo shows in 2015 and 2016. She has exhibited at The Outsider Art Fair in New York City and Paris and enjoyed her first solo show in New York City at White Columns in September 2017. Rae’s sudden emergence onto the international scene was named by Brut Force as one of the top six stories of self-taught and outsider art of 2016. One of her drawings has been reproduced by Exhibition A as a limited edition print. Her work has earned her an Award of Recognition from the Artists Beyond Disabilities Exhibition in Pasadena, California and reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Gallery Magazine, Art in America, Vogue.com, Artnet, Artillery Magazine, Disparate Minds and The Creator’s Project (Vice).

Works by the Artist

April 19, 2017
Graphite, colored pencil on paper
24” x 18”
2017

April 28, 2017
Graphite, colored pencil on paper
24” x 18”
2017

February 21, 2017
Graphite, colored pencil on paper
24” x 18”
2017

June 12, 2017
Graphite, colored pencil on paper
24” x 18”
2017

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