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Stanthorpe Art Prize 2014
Congratulations Rachel Fairfax

28 February 2014

Congratulations Rachel Fairfax, who has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 Stanthorpe Art Prize (judged by Angela Goddard) at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.

Fairfax makes paintings from drawings of her environment; the seascape she live in and places she has travel to. Fundamental to Fairfax's painting practice is a process of working from drawings. It informs the mark-making and connection with life inherent to her work and practice. Ocean Swimmer, Pink Sky is a made from a drawing of a figure on the edge of the pool at Wylies Baths, Coogee. 

The exhibition for the Stanthorpe Art Prize opens on the 28th of February in Queensland.


Rachel Fairfax is a figurative painter who also creates drawings and ceramic works. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the National Art School, Sydney where she is now a lecturer in painting and drawing. She received Reg Richardson Fellowships in both 2003 and 2004 and her work is regularly selected for national prizes. In 2012 she was selected in the Waverley Art Prize for the fifth time and received a Highly Commended award. In 2009 the Sydney Morning Herald named her one of Australia's 10 leading artists. Fairfax has participated in over sixty-five group exhibitions since 2000 and holds solo exhibitions regularly. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including Artbank; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; and St Vincents Hospital.  

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