Barbara Rae RA
Zuma Beach
5 - 27 September 2001
LONDON Front Room

This is the very first exhibition by Barbara Rae of just small paintings. It may come as a surprise, for small pictures have always been included in her regular exhibitions. This particular group of small works is revealing though, because they have all been painted in situ. There is a sense of urgency behind the spontaneous brushstrokes which strive to capture the effects of light before the sun moves, shifting the reflections.

". it is the light that is so interesting. It is constantly changing. There are fantastic sunsets which vividly colour the sky, where the sand sparkles, people shimmer and the sea becomes iridescent. I go down in the afternoons when the changes are the most dramatic..Each day is different. Overcast days are just as interesting as all the features soften".
(Barbara Rae, catalogue introduction.)

Zuma Beach lies at the edge of the Pacific Ocean close to where Barbara stays in Malibu. The lifeguard shelters dotted along the beaches, each with its own number and persona, have been the main focus of the series over the past two years. The range of colours and moods is vast, reflecting the manifold impressions made at differing times of day, month and year.

Barbara Rae is one of the finest painters working in Scotland today. She has been exhibiting regularly in London since 1989, and was elected Royal Scottish Academician and Royal Academician in 1992 and 1996 respectively. In 1999 she was awarded a CBE. Her work is in public and corporate collections throughout the UK and in numerous private collections both here and abroad.

An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.