Rachel Gracey studied for a BA in Fine Art at Bristol and an MA in Printmaking at Wimbledon. After this she belonged to the Artichoke Print Workshop for 12 years and taught part time at Kingston College for 6 years. She has exhibited in a range of group shows in venues such as the Mall, the Barbican, Rebecca Hossack Gallery and the Royal Academy. On moving to Oxford Rachel spent several years working on a smaller scale until installing a Mann Direct Press in her garden studio. In 2017 she was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Engravers.
Gracey's interest is in the the power of line, shape and colour to convey familiar landscapes through the changing cycles of the year. Her lithographs have abstract qualities that emphasise spatial relationships between natural forms, and the changing experiences of cherished places in different lights and seasons. The sensitivity and physicality of the lithographic process holds her fascination; complex layering on a large scale encourages daring with powerful and unpredictable effects. Relief printing lends itself to contrast the free flowing forms of nature with geometric silhouettes of architecture. Printing landscape is Rachel’s means of articulating a sense of place, identity and memory.