Rachel Williams is a mixed media artist. Her bold, quirky and apparently playful works often carry a brooding gritty undertone. By employing an agglomeration of printmaking, painting, collage, stitching onto a variety of surfaces her work is a lively regurgitation of current obsessions which range from history to politics. Her most recent output concerns the vulnerability of existence in the natural world with inspiration coming from iconography and primitive depiction of the cave paintings of Lascaux and Australia.
Greatly influenced by her surroundings the affect of moving to St Leonards on Sea from rural Italy in 2017 has produced a profound shift in subject matter and process. With a movement away from abstracts to a more urban, satirical approach.
Born and educated in New Zealand, (DipVCD) with a major in printmaking. Now based St Leonards On Sea via stints in London and Italy. Works are held in private collections: Italy, UK, Belgium, USA, Canada, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand.
Kellie Miller Gallery - Brighton
Rye Bank Gallery - Rye
For me making works is all about fear. It’s fear that draws me back to printing as a way of making marks and never more so than when I’m making mono prints. The sensation as I draw back the paper/cloth or whatever is thrilling and in that moment it is almost as if the work is made by someone else and I can see it clearly and where I am to go with it. It has pervaded all my other works this “transference” from one surface to another.
Recent Exhibitions / Commissions :
2022- Shadowlands - ESPS St Leonards - On- Sea
2022 Unnatural Selection - The Crown - Hastings
2022 Works on Paper 4 (WOP) - Blue Shop Cottage - London
2022 1200 Postcards - Twelve Hundred Postcards - Hastings
2022 Man V machine - Bare Bone Gallery - Hastings
2021 Imprint Kellie Miller Arts , Brighton
2021 The Tree of Life (Group) ESPS, St Leonards-on Sea
2020 Rye Bank Gallery
2020 Collage à Trois (Group) Hastings
2019 Solaris Summer show (Group) St Leonards-on Sea
2018 Repeat After Me (Group) St Leonards-on Sea
2018 - Dreaming in Colour - Brighton
2017 - Beware of Dogs Italy
2017 - Rhythms - Brighton
2016 - Questo non Quello - Trevi
Transitare, Interpretare - Umbertide
Arte Padova - Padova
2015 - Crocevia - Trevi
PopUp a Spello
2014 - Fields - Trevi
2014 - Side by Side - Spello
2012 - Strappato - Palazzo dei Priori, Perugia
2012 - commissioned by Vini Di Filippo to produce a series of paintings to reflect the work and ethos of the winery. Six paintings were used as labels for their Novello wine.
2011 - Taverna Del 7, Trevi
2010 - The Temporary Gallery - Via Roma, Trevi
You can also view my work at
Rye Bank Gallery - Rye
The Grefti Gallery - Umbertide
Kellie Miller Arts - Brighton
Saatchi Gallery and at artslant