"Notes to Bennett - Are we there yet?"

My current body of work incorporates a more postmodern approach combining my travels to Central Australia and rewriting history in a political and social context.

Below I have provided a variety of photos to showcase the artistic process as well as a short video. I hope you enjoy.

Rebecca xoxo

"Notes to Bennett - Are we there yet?"  - 2015


Week 28 - "Notes to Basquait - Landscape"

Today at the 18th Annual Liverpool Art Society Exhibition at Casula Powerhouse i was again blessed to win the overall winner prize. An Acquisitive Prize that is now part of the Amazing Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre as well as Liverpool City Council's Art Collection. I am continually  humbled by the continued support of my family and friends. This work was extremely different to my normal style however highly emotive and reflective from my trip to Uluru. 

This year’s judge of LAS, Lorna Grear, very kindly provided us with her judging criteria: The second paragraph talks about my work.

“The works I responded to all displayed an unusual style, an unusual use of material or an interesting concept / narrative. The outstanding works combined more than one of the above. In a work I tend to gravitate towards the simplified, larger areas of colour and contemporary visual languages as I feel these forms and ideas need larger audiences. Most times it is a feeling in the work which attracts me.
I chose the over-all winner because I intuitively and naturally felt compelled towards the work. I enjoyed the experimental nature of the work; the use of colour, the pastiche of street art with Australian references and the social, spiritual message made me more interested in the work".

"Landscape - Notes to Basquiat" 2015

Judges Comments:

"The work stands out as a contemporary piece, full of expression and emotion. The poignant symbols of Aboriginal Australia, Uluru with pattern and colour make this image a feature painting. There is detail too in the painting with transparencies, small dots, washes and text used all in one image. Well Done!!!"


Week 22 ~ Free Colouring In Pages

For the last few years many people have commented on how awesome it would be to colour in one of my designs. So, after months and months of drawing, I am happy to share that today I am launching the first two official colouring pages! These pages are the beginning of a series of collections and I am releasing them today for FREE to say thanks for everybody's support.

"Abstract Owl" and "Abstract Owl Doubled" are yours to own. Just subscribe to my blog or connect with me through email at rathenart@hotmail.com and I will send you both PDF's that you can print out as many times as you like. They are for personal use only and are A4 in size. 

 What happens when you take an artwork and then decide to break it down into a colouring in image? I superimposed the idea to show you my process.

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Rebecca xoxox

Week 19 ~ Free Art Class with Colour In Your Life

Today I thought I would share my free art class as part of the series "Colour In Your Life".

I demonstrate how I create my Art and then use it in my fashion designs.

'Society, conformity, the quest for perfection and beauty are the foundations of my art making practice. These ideas have a direct relevance to my life and provide a reflection of the world around me. In my works, colour can be seen as the symbol of vibration, an intense experience which expands the mind and creates possibilities. I believe that when colour is interpreted in its purest state and is seen as vivid and dramatic, a new creation can be made. As an artist, designer and mother, I am interested in fusing colour, various materials and my ideas together to create an extraordinary world for the viewer to explore. As I continue to develop in my practice, my work continues to draw imagery from the human form, life and experience.'