Until 14 October

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings

Rachel Howard revealed a significant body of new work in the exhibition At Sea, which recently opened at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. Howard has created new large and small-scale canvases that draw parallels between the sea, memories of childhood and ideas of being adrift. These continue her investigations into the accepted rules of using oil paint, unpicking, dissolving and destabilising the surface of her canvases.

In addition to the exhibition, Howard has curated a one-room display which showcases some of her favourite works from the Jerwood Collection.

Skye Sherwin’s thoughts on the exhibition, in The Guardian:

“…Like abstract expressionists of the 1950s, she’s interested in how paint can convey emotional life, building up colour and varnish or degrading her surfaces with turps, in a two-step between artistic control and chaos. As with the tumultuous landscapes of 18th-century Romantics, the resulting semi-abstract vistas of pigment are springboards for awe and rapture. Her latest series, At Sea, evokes both the natural world and inner confusion. In the mix of luminous acid yellows and oranges and ghostly greys and blacks, she’s lately favoured shadowy streaks, dark lines and juddering inky squiggles suggesting watery horizons and psychological states.”

Click here to see a short film of Rachel discussing her new works in the exhibition with the writer Will Self.