Ocean Paintings 2009

Rachel Fairfax grew up at the beach. Her family lived up north in Tuncurry, and she continues to live by the sea now. “I believe that growing up in the country near the ocean for my childhood is imprinted in me deeply. The way I survive in the city is to be near the ocean as an adult. I spend time by the ocean early in the morning everyday.” The paintings in her latest series – ocean scenes of Coogee and Tuncurry are meditative and reflect her daily visits to the seaside.

Rachel’s paintings develop from drawings – near obsessive drawing translates to considered paintings in the studio. Her short brushstrokes reflect this process. Her interest in markmaking dispatches with the need to depict too realistically. Layers of vivid blue and turquoise applied and removed in small patches convey the shimmer of sun on the sea. Figures in swimsuits and fishing hats seem meditative also, hovering at the edge of the ocean. Inviting beach pools and tree-lined promenades make the scenes familiar and nostalgic.

The paintings are about reflection and immersion – daily reflection upon her relationship to the beach from childhood to the present, and her immersive process of drawing then developing her work to paintings. The ocean, of course, provides the perfect metaphor for these twin processes, having both reflection (think again of the shimmered surface of the sea) and immersive depths – inspiring both the spontaneous response and the considered meditation.

Eleanor Zeichner 2009
Ray Hughes Gallery

Rachel Fairfax - 1. Wylies Baths Blue
1. Wylies Baths Blue 2009
Oil on Canvas
1mx1m
Rachel Fairfax - 2. Coogee Beach Yellow
2. Coogee Beach Yellow
Oil on Linen 2009
1m x 1m
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 3. Tuncurry Rock Pool
3. Tuncurry Rock Pool 2009
Oil on Canvas
1mx1m
Rachel Fairfax - 4. Coogee Beach Blue
4. Coogee Beach Blue 2009
Oil on Linen
1mx1m
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 5. Ocean Swimmer Pink
5. Ocean Swimmer Pink 2009
Oil on Canvas
1mx1m
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 6. Wylies Baths Coogee 2009
6. Wylies Baths Coogee 2009
Oil on Canvas
1mx1m
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 7. Tuncurry Break Wall Fishing 2009
7. Tuncurry Break Wall Fishing 2009
Oil on Canvas
60x60cm
Rachel Fairfax - 8. Wylies Baths Grey 2009
8. Wylies Baths Grey 2009
Oil on Canvas
60x60cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 9. Wylies Baths Coogee 2009
9. Wylies Baths Coogee 2009
Oil on Canvas
60x60cm
Rachel Fairfax - 10. Ocean Swimmer Wylies Baths 2009
10. Ocean Swimmer Wylies Baths 2009
Oil on Canvas
60x60cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 11. Tuncurry Rock Pool 2009
11. Tuncurry Rock Pool 2009
Oil on Canvas
60x60cm
Rachel Fairfax - 12. Tuncurry Fishing 2009
12. Tuncurry Fishing 2009
Oil on Canvas
60x60cm
Rachel Fairfax - 13. Forster Main Beach 2009
13. Forster Main Beach 2009
Oil on Canvas
60x60cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 14. Wylies Baths Coogee 2009
14. Wylies Baths Coogee 2009
Oil on Canvas
60x60cm
Rachel Fairfax - 15. Mother and Child 2009
15. Mother and Child 2009
Oil on Canvas
60x60cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 16. Clovelly Reading 2009
16. Clovelly Reading 2009
Oil on Canvas
60x60cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 17. Tuncurry Rock Pool 2009
17. Tuncurry Rock Pool 2009
OIl on Canvas
60x60cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 18 Wylies Baths Dark 2009
18 Wylies Baths Dark 2009
Oil on Canvas
120x120cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 19. Boats Wallis Lake Forster 2009
19. Boats Wallis Lake Forster 2009
Oil on Canvas
120x120cm
Rachel Fairfax - 20. Clovelly Fishing and Seagulls 2009
20. Clovelly Fishing and Seagulls 2009
Oil on Canvas
120x120
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 21. Tuncurry Fishing 2009
21. Tuncurry Fishing 2009
Oil on Canvas
120x120cm
Rachel Fairfax - 22. Coogee Beach Summer 2009
22. Coogee Beach Summer 2009
Oil on Canvas
120x120cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 23. Tuncurry Break Wall 2009
23. Tuncurry Break Wall 2009
OIl on Canvas
120x120cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 24. Wallis Lake Forster 2009
24. Wallis Lake Forster 2009
Oil on Canvas
120x120cm
Rachel Fairfax - 25 Night Swimming 2009
25 Night Swimming 2009
OIl on Canvas
90x90cm
Rachel Fairfax - 26. Swimmers Yellow Sand 2009
26. Swimmers Yellow Sand 2009
Oil on Canvas
90x90cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 27. Forster Main Beach 2009
27. Forster Main Beach 2009
Oil on Canvas
90x90cm
Rachel Fairfax - 28. Ocean Swimmer Wylies Baths 2009
28. Ocean Swimmer Wylies Baths 2009
Oil on Canvas
90x90cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 29. Wylies Baths Green 2009
29. Wylies Baths Green 2009
Oil on Canvas
90x90cm
Rachel Fairfax - 48 Forster Boats Wallis Lake
48 Forster Boats Wallis Lake
Oil on Canvas
1mx1m
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 49. Wylies Baths Grey 2009
49. Wylies Baths Grey 2009
OIl on Board
1mx1m
Rachel Fairfax - 50. Ocean Swimmer Green 2009
50. Ocean Swimmer Green 2009
Oil on Board
1mx1m
Rachel Fairfax - 51. Wylies Baths Orange 2009
51. Wylies Baths Orange 2009
Oil on Canvas
1mx1m
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 52. Green Painting Forster Fishing 2009
52. Green Painting Forster Fishing 2009
Oil on Board
60x60cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 53. Red Dog Painting Clovelly 2009
53. Red Dog Painting Clovelly 2009
Oil on Board
60x60cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - 54. Yellow Painting Clovelly Fishing 2009
54. Yellow Painting Clovelly Fishing 2009
Oil on Linen
60x60cm
SOLD
Rachel Fairfax - Installation shot 1
Installation shot 1
Ocean Paintings Ray Hughes Gallery
June 2009
Rachel Fairfax - Installation shot 2
Installation shot 2
Ocean Paintings Ray Hughes Gallery
June 2009
Rachel Fairfax - Installation shot 3
Installation shot 3
Ocean PaintingsRay Hughes Gallery
June 2009
Rachel Fairfax - Installation shot 4
Installation shot 4
Ocean Paintings Ray Hughes Gallery
June 2009
Rachel Fairfax - Installation shot 5
Installation shot 5
Ocean Paintings Ray Hughes Gallery
June 2009
Rachel Fairfax - Installation shot 6
Installation shot 6
Ocean Paintings Ray Hughes Gallery
June 2009
Rachel Fairfax - Installation shot 7
Installation shot 7
Ocean Paintings Ray Hughes Gallery
June 2009
Rachel Fairfax - Installation shot 8
Installation shot 8
Ocean Paintings Ray Hughes Gallery
June 2009
Rachel Fairfax - Installation shot 9
Installation shot 9
Ocean Paintings Ray Hughes Gallery
June 2009
Rachel Fairfax - Installation shot 10
Installation shot 10
Ocean Paintings Ray Hughes Gallery
June 2009
Rachel Fairfax - Rachel Fairfax Studio photograph 2009
Rachel Fairfax Studio
photograph 2009
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