Articles

Summer 2023

Fenn Ditton Contemporary Printmaking (Pressing Matters Prize)

Pressing Matters Magazine (Vol 23, Summer 2023)

The Movement in Her Marks As part of Fenn Ditton’s recent contemporary printmaking prize, we were thrilled to choose Rachel Gracey’s lithographic print Following Marston Brook as our Pressing Matters award winner. Drawing seems integral to your practice – can you tell us where your idea for a print usually...

August 2022

Rachel Gracey – ‘River Notes’ Catalogue Introduction

by David Boyd Haycock (Author and Curator, Oxford)

Rachel Gracey takes the title for her latest exhibition from what she calls ‘a quite extraordinary, quirky book’ that was first published in 1979, and which she happened upon purely by chance. River Notes: The Dance of Herons, by the American author Barry Lopez, is all about seeking oneness with...

August 2021

Rachel Gracey – ‘A Walk in the Parks’ Catalogue Introduction

by Catherine Daunt (Hamish Parker Curator of Modern and Contemporary Graphic Art)
British Museum

For many of us, it has taken a pandemic to gain a familiarity with our local green spaces, but Rachel Gracey has been exploring, observing and drawing the University Parks in Oxford, the city in which she lives and works, since 2008. Over many visits, at times with a pram...

March 2020

International Women’s Day Series: Rachel Gracey RE

Bankside Gallery Blog

What first attracted you to printmaking, and to lithography in particular? At 19 I was shown a plan chest draw filled with Jim Dine etchings. Having been a keen sculptor and avid drawer I was incredibly surprised and blown away by the intensity and freedom of marks he made on...

July 2019

Rachel Gracey – ‘Pacific Coast’ Catalogue Introduction

by Jane Neal (Art Curator)

‘He stood breathing, and the more he breathed the land in, the more he was filled up with all the details off the land. He was not empty. There was more than enough here to fill him. There would always be more than enough.’ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 Rachel Gracey is...

April 2018

Rachel Gracey: South South-West in Perspective

by Dr Ursula Weekes (Independent Art Historian and Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She specializes in the history of print and in Indian Mughal art.)

Rachel Gracey stands out in the current British printmaking scene for her commitment to lithography as her primary form of artistic expression. In March 2017, Gracey was elected an Associate Royal Engraver by the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, acknowledging her skill and contribution to contemporary lithography and linocut. Her...