Portrait of Rachel Schwalm

Rachel Schwalm

Rachel was born in London in 1969. She trained at North Devon College, Art and Design and graduated from The University of East London with a degree in Fine Arts/Sculpture. She has exhibited widely in the UK since 1990 and has work in private collections in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, USA, Switzerland and the Middle East. Winchester Cathedral commissioned a new altar-piece for the Cathedral’s Venerable Chapel which was completed in 2011. Rachel chose Jerusalem limestone for the work.

My work is a collision of two worlds, painting and sculpture, but it has its origins in painting and architecture, which has inspired the proportions and scaling-up element in my work. Notable influences include the American minimalists such as Donald Judd and painters of light such as Rembrandt. Within the marble and alabaster stone panels I cut cavities. I see these as ‘Light-filled thresholds to other worlds’ offering a glimpse back in time, palimpsest-like, ‘trace’ has been laid upon ‘trace’. The windows in the wall-hung works are poignant holding spaces, echoing pockets, where ‘emotions’ are suspended in pigment, broken chalk lines and dust. The outdoor marble pillar shown at on form 2012 represents a lone figure in the landscape.


on form 14

This years images coming soon

London 2013

on form 2012

on form 2010