Rae In His Studio

Ronald Rae is not only a renowned granite sculptor, he is also a prolific and versatile graphic artist. His ability to draw was recognised whilst still at school when a series of his cartoon strips was published in the weekly newspaper, the Ayr Advertiser.

For the past fifty years Rae has developed his drawing skills to a high degree finding different ways of expressing himself with pen, crayon, ink, charcoal, paint and mixed media, always willing to experiment and never wanting to bore himself or his audience by sticking to one style. His drawings are in public and private collections throughout the world.

Rae’s subject matter varies from detailed miniature portraits to large expressive drawings of the human condition and the world of nature. These contrast with his abstract vibrant mixed media pieces, collage on wood, sun drawings on leaves and paintings on branches, to name but a few. He has also made a series of drawings – political cartoons on newspapers – responding to the issues of the day.

Ten years ago he started collecting Family Bibles and other large format books which has illustrated on every page often adding his own words to the text.

On a daily basis Rae also writes. His poems are full of metaphors and relate to his graphic work, addressing the same big issues of faith, the human condition, the environment and politics.

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