1) Untitled, oil on canvas, 12" x 36", 2016
2) Mob Mentality, oil on canvas, 40" x 60", 2017
3) Wellfleet Oysters, oil on panel, 10" x 8", 2017
Born in 1989, Rachel Sard grew up in New York City.
She received her BFA from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. She was awarded the school's Hazel H. Huntsinger Memorial Prize in Painting in both 2011 and 2012. Rachel received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2016. She was awarded NYAA's Portraits Inc. Award, Acquavella Portrait Scholarship, and Gamblin Paint Award. Rachel has attended residencies and fellowships at the Brooklyn Art Space, the School of Visual Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center.
Rachel's work has been exhibited in venues including Sotheby’s, The Brooklyn Museum, Magnan Metz, and Trestle Gallery in New York, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, and ArtDimensions Gallery and Des Lee Gallery in St. Louis. Her work has been highlighted in Vogue and can be found in online and print publications including The Artist's Magazine, Creative Quarterly, and Manifest Press. A commissioned portrait hangs in the public collection of The New York County Lawyers' Association.
This work explores the concept of community for both its blessings and its hindrances. On the one hand, we can find strength in the collective voice, power in numbers, and a support system. On the other hand, we may struggle to express individuality, feel overwhelmed or claustrophobic, and fall susceptible to herd mentality.
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