Summer Solstice: Artist Spotlight on Rachel Le Roux
A British-Filipina self-taught visual artist based in Manila Philippines, Rachel Le Roux works primarily with pencil and oil on canvas, but occasionally ventures out into mixed media art.
She is known mostly for her love of the female form in motion, where she reveals how their bodies create expressive movement that is entirely in sync with the elements of flow. Rachel captures motion and emotion in her work, catching a single moment in a stolen second. However, most recently, she has revisited her love for abstract art, bringing her unused paint from her figurative work into play as she still continues to explore movement in her abstract pieces. She nurtures her love for both practices, creating balance and harmony that is woven into her art practice. The ebb and flow of her growth as an artist remains constant and unceasing, resonating in the emotional expression exposed in her work.
When Rachel is not in her studio, she is a mama to two children, a wife and an interior architect who graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Interior and Spatial Design from Chelsea College of Art in London, England. Prior to design school, she spent evenings and weekends in drawing and still life painting short courses at Central St Martins, UAL. She currently runs her own freelance interior architecture and styling business and uses time in between to escape into her art world.
Rachel’s work has been shown in group exhibits, the South Arts Festival Art Fairs and an art auction at Leon Gallery, Manila and her paintings can be found in private homes in San Francisco, Virginia, Australia, London, Singapore, and Manila.
My art comes from a place inspired by the idea of how time is ceaseless even when your own life feels like it is on at a standstill. The figures I draw and dresses I paint express the intensity of an ordinary moment that suddenly becomes an extraordinary one just by pausing in that surrounding chaos but it is within that pause is where peace can be found. A sanctuary that you find within your soul, within yourself – a place that you have to dig deep to find and hold onto.
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