Member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Rachel Arif, spends much of her life travelling the UK to uncover inspiration from the country’s rich scenery. Drawn to enchanting coastlines, quaint rural villages and rich marshland, Rachel often ventures to immerse herself in the natural environment. Her highly abstract, whimsical style explores the vast panorama of changing light, dramatic weather and evocative landscapes.
Rachel looks into nature, painting the relationship she shares with land and sea with bold energetic brush strokes that are transient of the rhythm of nature. Admirers of Arif’s work often describe a feeling of immense calm, something she humbly attributes to nature’s own magnificent force, rather than her personal artistic abilities.
As a child, her deep affection for drawing and painting led her to be regularly scolded by teachers for drawing in all of her textbooks. She went on to study History of Art in Manchester before forging a successful career in interior design.
Rachel has gallery representation across the UK, including the prestigious Mall Galleries in London, where renowned Art Critic, Richard Fitzwilliam, named her painting ‘Ghost Dance’ as one of his favourites in the show. Her work remains in high demand and has most recently been showcased at the Royal Society of British Artists’ annual exhibition.