Niagara Artists Centre

Amram, Rachel Hélène

Painting • St. Catharines

Rachel Hélène Amram is a Canadian visual artist and graphic designer. She moved to St. Catharines, ON in 2011. Originally from Montreal, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from Concordia University, was a finalist for the 2007 Kingston Portrait Prize (Canada’s National Portrait Competition), and the winner of the Chairperson’s Prize/Myles Tyrrell Award at the 1995 Dawson College Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition. She also earned a degree in Illustration & Design, and has worked in layout and print design for over a decade.

Rachel currently divides her time between her career as an artist and freelance graphic designer. She also paints privately commissioned portraits, custom-made for a wide range of clients.  

Rachel has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, Kingston and St. Catharines, ON. Her paintings can be found in several private collections and are currently on display at TAG Art Gallery, 214 King Street, St. Catharines, ON. Her most recent local shows include solo exhibiton at 13th Street Winery (1776 Fourth Ave.) and Rise Above Restaurant (120 St Paul St.), in 2013.

Rachel’s paintings explore a relationship between representation and abstraction, focusing on the meditative qualities of her subjects while referencing traditions of portraiture and landscape in art. 

Her realistic portraits evoke the emotional qualities of her subjects while her semi-abstract landscapes tease out the viewer’s experience through their layered surfaces. 

With her latest series, SEASCAPES, she explores the fleeting quality of light and temporal impressions of colour of the sea and sky. These colourful, fragmented compositions are snapshots of peripheral vision and memory, both a physical distillation of the seascape at different times of the day, as well as a portrayal of an open, peaceful space, symbolic of stillness, of silence.

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