Rachel Mulligan was announced Surrey Artist of the Year winner in 2014 for her exceptional stained glass. This October will be her first solo show and the New Ashgate is delighted that this event will be taking place in their gallery.
Rachel is passionate about stained glass. She is endlessly fascinated by coloured light that can be manipulated with line and tone to create images and tell stories. Her work, which is full of detail, is inspired by the changing seasons, nature and storytelling. A window has to work from a distance, as it will initially be seen that way, but also needs to draw the viewer in for a closer look.
For over twenty years, Rachel has been producing beautiful stained glass windows for public and private buildings in response to the commissioner’s wishes. Winning the Surrey Artist of the Year award in 2014 allowed Rachel to focus on her own ideas. It has been a liberating experience, and has led to some exciting new works in progress. It has reconnected her with her fine art background, and this is her first major solo exhibition as a stained glass artist.
The exhibition demonstrates the range of Rachel’s work, from heraldry to front doors and from memorials to celebration panels for weddings. Each piece is a unique work of art that reflects the subject as well as the artist.