Barbara Rae: The Northwest Passage

In 2015 painter and printmaker Barbara Rae followed in the footsteps of explorer Dr John Rae in a journey through Greenland. In this publication new works by the artist immerse the reader in the frozen landscape of the Arctic.

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Dimensions 29 x 23.5cm
Fabric & material Hardback
No. of Pages 160
No. of Illustrations 120
Medium Print with Book
SKU 02087758

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In 1846, inspired by living life on the edge, Dr John Rae (1813-1893) travelled to the Arctic to discover the fate of Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition, and to confirm the existence of the Northwest Passage, the maritime link between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Come 2015 Barbara Rae journeyed in the footsteps of her namesake and made a body of evocative work in response to the relationship between people and the frozen landscape. The resulting images are accompanied with insightful texts to take the reader on a journey of discovery from Scotland to the Arctic, and back again.

This publication featuring 130 colour illustrations has been produced to accompany the exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, and Canada House, London.

About Barbara Rae RA

Barbara Rae RA studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1961 to 1965. After graduating, Rae was awarded a travel scholarship, taking her to work in France and Spain in 1966. Her travels provide her with an endless source of inspiration - she continues to work in Spain and often works on the west coast of Scotland, in Ireland, and recently... Go to artist page