Tryptych that Catches your Eye
by 2010 John C. Kuchera
Rachel Wilkins' Abstract Paintings are full of color, design elements, depth, and make you feel comfortable with them right away. Her paintings can fit in any type of home from a brownstone in the city to a modern home in the Hamptons. At her current solo show at the American Art Gallery she has a blue tryptych that catches your eye, and larger paintings that are just as compelling.This is a show to see. © 2010 kuchera
Ask Rachel Wilkins about her art and the answer is as simple as it is complex, “I want to create pieces that people want to touch.” The Liverpool, UK native who now resides in New York City says, “Going to galleries as a kid, you were always roped off from the art work. I’m not a person that likes boundaries.”
Rachel’s technique mimics her ‘no boundaries’ attitude. No paint brush or easel for Ms. Wilkins. To create her energetic pieces that boast rhythm and movement she works with her canvas from the floor. Her tools range from kitchen cutlery to natural resources such as leaves saying, “I don’t like the constraints of a paint brush. I would rather move the piece around and let it go where the movement takes it.”
Influenced heavily by Jackson Pollock and the abstract expressionism of his era; Rachel draws much of her inspiration from these artists along with the backdrop of New York City's eclectic art scene where you can also find her artwork on display. Rachel’s work has been exhibited throughout galleries in Chelsea and Tribeca as well as the MTV show, “Downtown Girl.” She also volunteers with a group called “Blissful Bedrooms,” which is a non-profit organization that provides bedroom makeovers for young individuals with disabilities .