Rachel Clancy was born and raised in Manchester. She completed an Art and Design foundation course and Fine Art Degree at Manchester School of Art from 2018-2022. She then continued her studies in Manchester, and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Painting.
I am a figurative painter, concerned with ideas surrounding illusion, trickery and magic. I am interested in how my artifice with paint could mimic the sleight of hand nature of a magic trick. Through using a technical, layered process of painting, I am interested in how a surface of paint acts as an illusion to a viewer. I incorporate mundane, everyday objects in my paintings, distorting their context and emphasising them in my compositions. Colour and lighting are also important in my practice, as I use glazes of oil paint to enhance depth and luminosity in my works.