Jude Rae’s deeply considered still life works demonstrate paintings capacity to reconfigure vision for the viewer. What appear to be quiet meditations on composition, form and stillness reveal themselves to be complex visual essays on the physicality and contingency of vision and the precariousness of conception and understanding.
That vision is so relentlessly assailed in contemporary life poses challenges to our faith in its role and obligation to give co-ordinates by which we might find our way. The very best paintings assist in this and enhance our deeper capacity to discriminate visually and conceptually.
Jude Rae was twice been the winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award and in 2016 was the recipient of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Bvlgari Art Award. Her paintings are held in museums collections throughout Australasia and in private collections around the world.
In 2017 the Drill Hall Gallery hosted a survey of Jude’s works, curated by Terence Maloon, which focused on paintings from the last decade.
Andrew Jensen, March 2018