Rachel Wilmshurst is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist who earned an honours Bachelor of Design from Ryerson University and has gained a wide variety of professional experience in several art & design based roles over the past decade. Skilled in fine art technique as well as digital processes, Rachel’s projects have included mural painting, public art installation and gallery exhibitions as well as illustration and graphic design for a growing list of local and international clients.
My day-to-day view of my surroundings informs my art very directly. The world is incredibly saturated with images and they seem to be moving faster all the time. I take in so much image-based information daily and really make a conscious effort to hold on to the pieces that I find compelling. It could be a colour palette, an angle, pattern or integration of shapes that stands out and cuts through the clutter. My abstract drawings and murals are curated from these pieces and the process encourages me to pay closer attention to my environment and to continually be looking for beauty in everyday contexts.
My background in graphic design and fine art have collectively informed my style and I am always searching for a sweet spot between the two disciplines. My work is geometric and organic at the same time and I use a combination of brushed acrylic, aerosol and paint markers to achieve a tapestry of shape and colour, representing the surrounding environment and what makes it special.
Illustration, Graphic/Digital Art, Painting, Aerosol
© 2019 The PATCH (Public Art Through Construction Hoarding) Project - all images are copyrighted by the artist, unless otherwise noted