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Robin Rae
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Figurative and abstract artist and teacher, born in London, who worked in oil, etching and 3 dimensions. He studied at Ealing School of Art and the Royal College of Art; teachers including John Nash, Francis Bacon, Rodrigo Moynihan and Edward Bawden. Rae showed considerable early talent, exhibiting at the RA in 1946 and by the age of 21 he had held two successful London solo shows, which gained critical appreciation. He taught etching at Edinburgh Collge of Art and 3-dimensional design at Liverpool College of Art where younger artists found his approach sympathetic. Much of Rae's early painting was destroyed, the fate of most of his sculpture made between 1970 and 1980, when he began painting again. Rae retired from teaching to settle in Bradpole, Bridport, Dorset where the local landscape was an influence on his work as were Bacon and Balthus. In the mid 1990s he wrote that he was painting "more at present than at any other time, but avoid the art world and glad to be quite out of touch." Mixed shows include Aitken Dott, Edinburgh, The London Group and the Young Contemporaries. Showed twice with the Little Gallery. Other one man exhibitions included Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and Dorchester Museum and Art Gallery in 1994. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool holds his work.