Amanda Rackowe

Amanda Rackowe

Ribérac, Dordogne, France

About Amanda Rackowe

Amanda Rackowe is an English-born artist, based in the Dordogne, France since 2006.

Born in 1964 in Oxfordshire, Rackowe demonstrated a strong enthusiasm for drawing and painting as a child, winning several school and college art competitions, in which her unusual choice of subject matter often caused controversy between judges and the public alike.

Amanda Rackowe pursued a career in theatre lighting and later in architectural lighting design. Throughout these years and subsequently bringing up a large family, she continued to paint. Drawing inspiration from her career, Rackowe’s take on her work is to ‘paint with light’; a concept that has become one of the influential factors in her painting.

Moving with her family to rural France in 2006, Rackowe became inspired by the light and expansive skies of the Dordogne region. At a young age, she had fallen upon the painting ‘Christina’s World’ by American artist, Andrew Wyeth - an early discovery that brought about an appreciation for sparse and open landscapes. The combination of these influential elements can be found in Rackowe’s work; appearing in her portrayal of the local landscapes near her home.

A grain silo has become a reoccurring element and subject of many of her paintings, which has enabled her to explore the effects of the changing light and seasons on the landscapes and skies surrounding it. In many of her stark landscapes, she poses reminders of a human presence; perhaps a lone figure, or a vehicle with illuminated headlamps standing in direct contrast to the natural light. The echoes of Man are never far away in Rackowe’s work; distant horizons punctured by material elements, such as electricity pylons and wind generators, silos and telegraph poles.

The diminishing perspective of the roads in the artist's works interpret a sense of continuation… carrying a slight disquiet, reflecting our uncertainty as to where this road will lead us, a comment on our lives, a story never told with an unknown finale.

The roads of the Aquitaine landscape subsequently led to other places; into the city of Bordeaux, where the brutalist architecture, modernist bridges and Corbusier influenced buildings gave her the aspiration to find a new way to depict the scenes before her, many of which are often unconsidered in the blinkered vision of daily life. Here, the theme of isolation concurs within the crowded life of the city, hinted at amongst the concrete structures and hidden lives.

Amanda Rackowe’s work depicts fleeting glances, captured instances where we are both observers and the observed; participants and onlookers; unknown witnesses of each other’s lives; closely related and yet so distantly unconnected. These transient moments leave us questioning our present role and that of the future… an unfinished story. However, in these depictions, we are disconcertingly collaborating with the scene before us.

It is in this way that the artist intrigues and invites you to enter her world.

Amanda Rackowe works mainly in oils on linen, but also in Shellac based inks on paper, which provide a richness and depth of colour that she so enjoys with oil colours. Her lively inks with blots and smudges are in contrast to her tighter oil paintings, but the palette and general spirit remain the same.

Influences on the artist's work include Peter Doig, Ben Aronson and the cityscapes of Jeremy Mann, as well as some old favourites such as Hopper, Wyeth, Le Corbusier, Rothko and Pissaro and a few surprising infiltrators such as Buffet and Soulages.

Amanda Rackowe was a runner up in Saatchi's Glorious Colour Showdown of 2014. Her works have been included in Saatchi's 'What's new this week' collections and their World travel collection.She has works in many collections in the USA, The Netherlands, France, Germany, UK and Australia.


Mainly self taught but...

Art Foundation, North Oxon School of Art, Banbury UK
HND Theatre Production and Design, Croydon College, UK specialising in theatrical lighting.


Coming up in 2020:

Art tuition:
Mondays/ Lundis: Villamblard (24) 10h-12h / 14h-16h
Thursdays/ Jeudis: St Aulaye (24) 10h-12h / 14h-16h

Exhibitions coming up in 2020:
3rd- 4th: 'Sanilh'art' Notre Dame de Sanilhac, (24)
9th-11th: Salon d'Automne de La Gare des Arts, Brantôme (24)
9th-18th: Artiste peintre invité à 'Phemina' Festival de Photos, Fontainebleau, (77)


Janvier: Solo Exhibition: 'Retour aux Silos' l'Office de Tourisme, Riberac (24) France
March: International Salon d'ARt 3F at Nantes (44) France
May: Salon de Printemps de La Gare des Arts, Brantome (24) France
July: Art et Jardin, Bonnes (16) France
September : Solo Exhibition at Cabane de Sauvetage, St Denis, Ile d'Oléron, (17) France
Octobre: 'Sanilh'art' Salon d'Art, Notre Dame de Sanilhac (24)
Octobre: Salon d'Automne de La Gare des Arts, Brantôme (24) France

February: Exhibition of urban paintings at Chateau Izards, Coulounieux Chamiers, (24) France
March: International Salon d'ARt 3F at Nantes (44) France
May: Salon de Printemps de La Gare des Arts, Brantome (24) France
October:Salon d'Automne de La Gare des Arts, Brantome (24) France

-Journées Métiers des Arts, Verteillac (24 France)
-February: Solo Exhibition ' 3 kilometres autour d'un Silo' Riberac Tourist Office exhibition space (24 France)
-May: Gare des Arts, Brantome: Salone de Printemps
-June: Solo exhibition 'Paysages Urbains' at Galerie l'App'art, Perigueux, (24) France
-July: Solo Exhibition 'Paysages Rurales' at L'Office de Tourisme, Aubeterre (16) France
-August: Annual Salon de 'Riber'art' and the unveiling of 'Contemplation Dufy'. Riberac (24) France
-October: Salon d'art de 'Sanhil'art' at Notre Dame de Sanhilac (24) France
-November: International Salon d'Art 3F at Bordeaux, France
-November: International Salon d'Art 3F at Brussels, Belgium

- Art exhibition at Atur (24 France)
- Outside art festival of St Astier (24 France)
- Abbaye de Brantome, (24 France) Salon de Printemps 'La gare des Arts'
- Expo Journées Metiers d'Art -Bordeaux paintings
Le Collegiale, Riberac 24600, France
- Exposition at La Fabrique, St Astier (24 France)

2012 - 2015
-Atelier Contempora, 40 Rue de Notre Dame
24600 Riberac France

- Galerie L'AppArt, Perigueux - winter show
- Abbaye de Brantome (24 France) Salon d'Automne de 'La Gare des Arts'
- Le Collegiale , Riberac,24600, France - Autour un Silo paintings
- Abbaye de Brantome, (24 France) Salon de Printemps 'La gare des Arts'
- Expo Journées Metiers d'Art -Bordeaux paintings
Le Collegiale, Riberac 24600, France

- L'office de Tourisme, Riberac 24600 France
- Sparkasse, Reitberg, Germany.

- Solo exhibition, La Licorne, Luisignac (16) France
- L'Abri d'Art, Vanxains 24600, France
- Manoir de Longeveau, (16) France
- Cantine de Conseil Generale de la Dordogne, Perigueux 24000, France
- Auberge 'Au Bon Vivre', Douchapt 24350, France
- Expo L'eglise de Douchapt, 24350, France

- L'Abri d'Art, 24600,Vanxains, France
- Chateau de Montbron (16) France

- Solo show. L'office de Tourisme, Riberac 24600, France

-Château des Izards, Coulonieix-Chamiers (24)France
-Abbaye de Fontdouce (Saint-Bris-Des-Bois (17)France
-Atelier Contempora, Ribérac (24)France
-Office de Tourisme, Aubeterre (16)France
-Ecole d'art, La Perdrix, Saint-Martin de Ribérac (24)France
-ABC Déco à Castelnaud (24)France
-Salle de L'Horologe, St Aulaye (24)France
-Atelier Contempora, Riberac (24)France
-The North Gallery, Hailsham, Sussex, England
-DDAS, 24000 Périgueux (24)France
-Château d'Excideuil, (24)France
-Galerie des Arts, 24320 Verteillac (24)France
-Salle de L'Horloge, St Aulaye (24)France
-Solo Exhibition - La Licorne, Lusignac (24)France
-Solo exhibition - L'Auberge 'Les Délices de la Treille', Montagrier (24)France

2008 (-2011)
-Galerie du Perroquet Vert, Chalais (16)France

-Galerie 4 Saisons, St Aulaye (24)France