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Shiny, Tactile Abstracts by Rachel K. Bury

A painting in orange on rolled-up acetate sheetsVicinity (to orange), acetate, matte medium, acrylic paint, wood, glue

Artist Rachel K. Bury uses her artistic practice as a way of exploring form and texture, blurring the line between painting, sculpture and installation. Rachel is currently based in Austin, Texas, where she creates her shiny, tactile abstracts.


An installation featuring a sheet of torn camoflaugeCamo Wamo, acetate, polymer medium, acrylic, wood

I find Rachel’s Tubes series really interesting. These works seem to function as two-dimensional wall art, yet are composed from rolled up tubes of acetate with acrylic paint and medium layered over them. The result is an abstract “painting” that undulates, distorting the painted surface as if it’s being viewed through a layer of water or textured glass.


A painting of a line-drawing of a simple house

Roof Top Place, acrylic matte medium on panel 


Rachel’s recent Pastie Paintings series are produced with acrylic matte medium on panel, yet they way that the artist renders her abstracted forms makes it seem like the paintings also incorporate collage elements. 


A screen capture of Rachel K Bury's art

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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