Rachel Moseley is a representational figurative artist from California. She received her MFA from the Academy of Art in 2010 and her BFA from Chico State in 2007. After completing her MFA, Rachel began working as a freelance illustrator, focusing on developing her oil painting skills in her free time, and eventually transitioning into Fine Art and shifting her focus from client based projects to personal work. She has exhibited her paintings across the United States and abroad, and has been teaching and building curriculum for the Academy of Art since 2011. Rachel currently lives in Las Vegas with her husband and splits her time between Nevada and California.
"The goal of my work is to capture my subject at a reflective moment of insight when intimate conversation allows for an uncorking of long held and often unexamined experiences. Rather than posing a model while I photograph reference for my paintings, I engage my sitters in conversation, sometimes lasting hours, and shoot candidly. Through this process I hope to capture the moments of truth that happen through story telling, by being a compassionate listener and giving my subjects the opportunity to examine an experience at arm’s length and in the light of day.
I believe that involving myself intimately with my subjects makes me a more thoughtful painter and connects me very personally to each painting. I feel a great sense of responsibility to render the emotions of my subjects accurately and honestly. I strive for each piece to give the viewer the sense of sitting across from someone during an intimate conversation."
About Rachel Moseley
Rachel Moseley depicts people from contemporary American life in hyperrealist portraits. Her subjects have tattoos and beards, and one drinks from a giant Double Gulp cup; they are laypeople and acquaintances of the artist, painted with a glint of celebrity. Moseley’s portraits begin with lengthy photography sessions in which she engages her subjects in conversation to try to capture natural moments of insight or storytelling. Paying close attention to facial expressions, she then translates the photographs into detailed oil paintings. In The best house on a bad block, a woman with a forewarning gaze wears a wreath of party lights around her neck, casting colored illuminations around her figure.
American, b. 1985, based in Las Vegas, NV, United States