"En plein air, cyan blue, lemon yellow, magenta and white are my basic requirements to capture passing inspiration - when I sketch, I sketch in paint, not pencil; back in the studio I have the freedom to use more colours and materials to play with form and colour; I work with acrylic, gouache and water colour paint, sometimes introducing thick impasto brushmarks when working on canvas, while images on paper appear less textural but more layered. I revel in clashing colours to excite the eye, yet later introduce unity by balancing colours around the surface. While I dislike rules, I enjoy using formal principles, such as the Golden Ratio, and colour theory, in my painting."
Baylis' intention is to engage her audience, making connections. She has been representing everyday experiences since the start of her career, using paint as her most immediate outlet for creative expression. Her intention is to glorify the everyday’, and to celebrate the beauty of subjects we see but may pass by without remark.
Her film and performance subjects reflect social issues, combining social responsibility with her love of making art. The viewer can make personal associations, finding their own context within the piece. The juxtaposition between one’s local community and the global community can seem fragmented, yet we are connected. Everything is relational. Film and performance are important mediums for her as they provide immediacy. Film feels similar to the act of painting – instead of using paint, she uses film to achieve new compositions and images, and moving time.
"Baylis provides an experience for the viewer to engage
with and be curious about, finding their own signifiers
within the work, unearthing their own context. She is
throwing out the breadcrumbs; it’s up to the viewer to
decide how to use them."
For many, politics has become less about national or global events and more about personal lives. From what may seem low-level politics, such as the failure to fill potholes, Baylis' work aims to respect people’s personal situations, while simultaneously suggesting that these issues are part of a bigger political problem, and that we do not have to repeat history with the next generation.
examples of exhibitions/commissions
Morisot Gallery, Chichester
Chichester University, Bishop Otter and Bognor campuses
Bognor Pop Up
Haven Artists' group shows 2014 - 2020
Ealing Open Arts Centre
Teddington Artists Group
Ealing open studios
Harbour Lights, Southampton
Frivoli Gallery, Chiswick
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
Hampshire Open Studios
Summer and Autumn Art Fairs, London
Kensington Hotel Pool mural
Battersea Art Fair ("Affordable Art")
Illustrators and Artists Art Fair
headline artist, Hatfield House
London Open Studios
Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford
Manadon House, Plymouth
Rolling programme with property developers:
Lambert Smith Hampton
Art Trails: West London, Hampshire,
West Sussex, Coastal, Dorset
examples of residencies
Ealing Open Arts
The Bridge Arts Project, London
The Great Art Expedition, London
Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
The Maltings Arts Centre, Farnham
The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
and many local community centres and
schools all over Britain.
Current projects include:
FILMS: developing a series of short films for schools about 1. objectification, and 2. relationships;
experimental filmwork and editing for the Dentists' waiting room series, using sound and vision as a form of meditation/distraction.
Rachel Baylis, MA (Fine Art), is a painter and film producer, based in West Sussex and London, UK.
PAINTING: in the studio Baylis' focus is on colour and dimensional structure, letting the paint and inks do the talking - public are welcome to visit by appointment.
Saatchi Art Gallery saatchiart.com/rachelbaylis
Vimeo (baylis' film links) vimeo.com/user92116510
Peter Doggett, author and actor peterdoggett.org
telephone: 07905 356114
Baylis formed the
Feel Flows Theatre Group in 2019 to present "Promise" at various venues.
The next Feel Flows Performance will be at Speakers' corner, Hyde Park, London (details to follow).
She previously ran The Performance Group at Reading University, and the Great Art Expedition in London.