Rachel Rovay

Rachel Rovay

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

About Rachel Rovay

Rachel Rovay is an Australian contemporary fine artist.

Exhibiting monthly at the Rovay Window Gallery since lockdown in March 2020.

Rachel Rovay’s work has been selected for the following prestigious group exhibitions: The Sulman Prize; (Art Gallery of NSW), the Logan Art Award, (Logan Art Gallery, Qld), the Dobell Prize For Drawing, (Art Gallery Of NSW), the Portia Geach Memorial Award, (S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney) the Mosman Art Prize, the Redland Westpac Art Prize, the Stanthorpe Art Prize and was awarded a commendation for “Between Jerusalem and Melbourne” from Ben Uri Gallery, Jewish Museum of Art, London.

Rovay exhibited in group exhibitions overseas: Monash Prato Centre Italy, United Nations conference in Durban South Africa and Tram Studios, Camden Town UK.

Rachel received a Diploma of Design and Fine Art from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne.

Selected public collections: Australian Conservation Foundation, State Library of Victoria, Macquarie University Sydney, Deakin University Art Collection, Monash Medical Centre Art Collection, Jewish Museum of Australia, National Sports Museum (MCC) and by numerous private collectors locally and internationally.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Rachel Rovay is a contemporary artist; her thematic focus is on the experience of living in and around Melbourne’s urban environment.

My art practice is based on observation, investigation, and wonderment.

I find inspiration in the street corner, outdoor cafes, botanical gardens, backyards, interiors, and our everyday life.

My art seeks to connect the sensibility of nature and re-engage the viewer with its essence. The element of surprise keeps me absorbed through the discovery of the unique and the illuminating.

The principles of colour and shape are critical in my work as both create a positive response to our structured lives. A pictorial impact creating a sense of energy, much like the sun stimulating new life within an ecosystem.

Innovative art methods allow me to explore the wilderness of thought and perception. An awareness of the ordinary, drawing attention to our connection to the urban space, the day-to-day common place. The unremarkable becomes and transforms into the extraordinary.