My name is Rachel Peary and I am an abstract painter based in Hamilton, New Zealand. When I'm not painting, you'll find me spending time with my son and my family, teaching yoga, playing music or hiking.
I work across a range of disciplines from abstract painting, design, publication and abstract street art. I find in each field that I am consistently drawn to the interaction of colour, form, light and transparency.
My painting practice is the pairing of well-crafted frames and surfaces with intuitive mark making; exploring shapes on, in and around a surface and space, while maintaining a balance between explorative painting practice and analytical response. My works endeavour to de-stabilize conventions around painting and installation, and investigate time, light, material and space.
The beauty in abstract art for me is that as narrative is obscured in a work, it allows subtle interactions between elements like transparency and colour more available for exploration. These elements hold space for a dialogue that takes intuition and curiosity to discover and require intentional engagement for the work to be fully experienced.