Rachel Beach’s practice comes out of sculpture: constructed wood forms with plaster, aluminum and resin elements that relate to the figure, and most recently, photographs of hands painted with analogous forms.
Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at institutions and galleries in the United States and Canada including Blackston, NY, the Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK; Postmasters, New York, NY; Lennon Weinberg, New York, NY; Mixed Greens, New York, NY; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and MSVU Art Gallery in Canada and most recently the Visual Art Center of New Jersey in Summit.
Beach is a recent recipient of a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Residency (2013-14), a Pollack-Krasner Grant, a Yaddo Artist Residency, a Canada Council for the Arts grant, an Artist Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop and Socrates Sculpture Park grant. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Art in America, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail among other publications.
She received her MFA from Yale University in 2001 and BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1998. She was born in London, Canada and lives in New York.