Rachel Perry is an artist, specialising in silkscreen printing, photography and oil painting. The prints are usually made from an image composed from combining different photographs and elements in Photoshop. Rachel is currently working on a body of work inspired by Vanitas paintings and the quality of colour in stained glass windows and abstract elements of story telling.
Vanitas paintings usually include different symbols to remind a viewer of the transience of life and that worldly goods and pleasures can be worthless. The Dutch still life masters of the 17th Century were most well-known for this type of work, which responded to an economic disaster happening at the time in which they lived.
Rachel’s work is also about moments of solitude, memories of walks and finding beauty in ordinary, overlooked places and objects. The representational and abstract symbols depicted in her work are meant to be more subtle than traditional elements of Vanitas paintings, and open to different interpretations.
Rachel was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, then lived her early years in Burundi, Africa. On returning to England she lived with her family in Eastbourne, East Sussex. Rachel resettled in Yorkshire, originally to study Law at the University of Leeds. She then worked as a solicitor in Hull for 12 years before moving to York.
After a career break, Rachel undertook a Fine Art degree at York St John University and recently graduated in 2017 and was awarded First Class Honours. Rachel is a member of York Printmakers and West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield.