Hakgojae Cheongdam proudly presents the works of Fiona Rae (b. 1963, Hong Kong) from November 23rd (FRI), 2018 to January 20th (SUN), 2019 for the inaugural exhibition. While this exhibition has its significance as the new beginning for Hakgojae Cheongdam, it is also the first time Fiona Rae’s works will be shown in Korea. Hakgojae Cheongdam aspires to expand and strengthen the international network in the Korean art world by presenting the works of distinguished artists who are yet to be introduced in Korea, such as Fiona Rae.
Rae’s works presented in this exhibition are the latest from the artist’s extraordinary oeuvre of the past 30 years. Over that time, Rae has fearlessly experimented with different ways of making paintings - using references from low and high culture, and melding them with a virtuoso command of materials and technique. Recently she began a series of works with the intent to render putative figures - first conjuring, then erasing them - in order to create profound and mysterious works that teeter on the fine line between the abstract and the figurative. Invoking the shade of de Kooning in some of his "Women" paintings - and also Rauschenberg’s famous response to a de Kooning drawing - Rae has subtly re-imagined them for the contemporary age. These nascent figures and their recondite dramas are brought to life in the artist’s intricate brushstrokes and extraordinary colors, stimulating the imagination of the audience and drawing them into a fantastical fiction.
Fiona Rae was born in Hong Kong, 1963. The artist graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1987, and a year later, participated in the landmark exhibition, "Freeze" in London, which first introduced the world to the revolutionary Young British Artists. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1991, and was appointed as the first woman Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy Schools in 2011. Her works have been exhibited in numerous institutions such as the Carré d’Art - Musée d’Art Contemporain (Nîmes, France), Essl Museum (Austria), Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (Germany), Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland), The Saatchi Gallery (London), Leeds Art Gallery (Leeds, U.K.), Tate Britain (London), etc. Her works are also held in many public collections including the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou (Paris), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), Tate Collection (U.K.), and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.).