Rachel Hirabayashi

Rachel Hirabayashi

  • Biography

    Rachel is based in Cromwell, Central Otago, living in a 110-year old cottage with her dogs and a large garden. She is a full-time artist painting in acrylics and making sculptures out of metal. Living for some time in Japan and Mexico, which has strongly influenced her creative output, as does living in this unique, ancient environment of ours. The surfaces of her paintings are built up over time, of light glazes of colour alternating with opaque layers of paint. Rachel has a degree in Art History/Theory from the University of Otago.
    In the tabletop sculptures Hirabayashi provides the same quiet stillness that is synonymous with her paintings. Made from steel these braised intrigues are meant to gain a patina. The thin coating colouring their appearance is a way to evoke the weathered terrain of Hirabayashi’s home landscape in Central Otago. Even when rocked they return to a centred stillness.
    Born in Auckland 1965 but a traveller by nature Hirabayashi has lived in Japan and Mexico, travelled through the Americas, Europe and Asia but comes home to her beloved dogs in her fabulous cottage and garden in Cromwell. Her formal education was done at Otago University and is supplemented by regular trips in “Fordita” her camper van. From the drivers seat Hirabayashi gathers a headful of images that inform her daily making and painting.
    Rachel is part of a major Avis campaign across Australasia called the Art of Discovery. Check her youtube video
    https://youtu.be/7-ccOGI0fwM

Showing 1–16 of 101 artworks

Rachel Hirabayashi

Poolburn
50 x 100 x 4cm acrylic on canvas $3,200.00

Rachel Hirabayashi

Under the Clutha
30 x 90 x 4cm acrylic on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Lower Clutha
50 x 60 x 4cm acrylic on canvas $1,850.00

Rachel Hirabayashi

Good Dg
20 x 25cm acrylic on cnavas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

The Apology Series
30 x 30 x 4cm acrylic on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Pioneers
14 x 28cm acrylic on floor board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Under Sky Series
14 x 28cm acrylic on floor board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Safe Haven
28 x 14 cm acrylic on floor board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Under Sky Series
50 x 100 cm acrylic on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Gold Town
30 x 98cm acrylic on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Under the lake
74 x 100cm acrylic on canvas (reflection from light at top) Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Homecoming
20 x 15 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Homecoming
20 x 15 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

The Flock
20 x 15 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Gold Town #2
20 x 25cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

The Flock
25 x 20 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold