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Rachel Howard (b. 1969)
You Can Save Me, 2015

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You Can Save Me was painted by Howard in response to being invited to exhibit at the Jerwood Gallery in 2015.

The division of space in the work suggests a shifting seascape and Howard took inspiration for the work and its title from a sign seen on the dilapidated Hastings Pier before it was resurrected. She commented: 'I grew up on a farm near the sea on the North East coast of England, and having a permanent horizon every day to look at gives a wonderful reassurance in what can be at times a very uncertain world. My show at Jerwood Gallery explored both these aspects of certainty and uncertainty.'

Rachel Howard, You Can Save Me, 2015, Jerwood Collection. Courtesy the artist.

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions

76.2 x 91.4 cm

Provenance

Blain|Southern, London, from where purchased December 2015.

Exhibited

Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Rachel Howard: At Sea, July - October 2015.

Rachel Howard was born in County Durham and graduated from Goldsmiths College, London, in 1991. She received a Princes Trust award in 1992 to support her art practice and was shortlised for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2004.  She also received the British Council Award in 2008. 
 
Howard worked with household gloss paint from 1995-2008, exploring how it separated into pigment and varnish. Later works use oil paint and turpentine, utilisaing gravity to move the paint around the canvas.
 
Her work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and solo exhibitions include: Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles (2007); Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (2015); and MACRO Testaccio, Rome (2016). 
 
Howard lives and works in Gloucestershire and London.