Armchair Thriller, Dec–12
Oil on canvas
Original size: 190 x 210 cm (h x w)
Photographer: Stefan Rohner
Rachel Lumsden regards the process of painting as a speculative business and believes that paintings only really live by lucky chance. For her, to paint means to embrace the materiality of paint with all its refreshing unpredictability when set loose upon a surface. Works come to exist both as colour-terrains, as well as contributions in the discussion of current themes through participation in collective citation.
Rachel Lumsden lives und works in St. Gallen, Lucerne and London. She studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, (1987-1991) and postgraduate painting at the Royal Academy Schools London, (1995–1998). Since 2007 she has lectured at the University of Lucerne on the course for BA Fine Art. She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious art prizes (including The International Art Prize from Bregenz, Vorarlberg and The Pollock-Krasner Award, New York. Her work is represented in public, national and international collections. Some recent exhibitions include: Drunk in Charge of a Bicycle, Kunstraum Kreuzlingen, 2013; Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Kunstplatform Akku, Lucerne, 2013; What‘s the Time, Mr. Wolf? Galerie Schöneberger, Thurgau, 2012; Man & Beast, Kunstraum Engländerbau, Vaduz, 2009; La Suisse est une ville, Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris, 2012; The Open West, Cheltenham, 2011; Art of Giving, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2010; Narrative Sequencing, CBA Gallery, New York, 2010; Let the Yangzte Flow, Hubei Institute of Fine Art, China, 2010; Works on Paper, Raab Gallery, Berlin, 2009; AIR 2 Substitut, Raum für Aktuelle Kunst, Berlin, 2009.