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Bio

Rachel Townsend, is a mixed media artist from Grapevine, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth area). She has passionately been pursuing art for as long as she can remember. Her parents noticed a great level of detail in her work at the age of 3 when she drew her first portrait on a cardboard box. This led her to take countless art lessons throughout her childhood, educating her in various mediums, where she excelled in each one. In high school her definition of art was quickly broadened and she was encouraged to take stylistic liberties. She went on to perfect her style at the University of North Texas where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting in 2018. Immediately after graduating, she learned to navigate life as a new mother. In March of 2021, Rachel began marketing her work under the name: RTOWN.
 

In January, Rachel began RTown Studio + Showroom. A flex space designed to build a community of professional artists to network, promote and market their work, as well as encourage the next generation of artists. She not only creates and shows her own work there, but offers lessons and events to the community, as well as provides opportunities for emerging artists. RTown Studio + Showroom is currently located inside the former Grapevine Foundry and Fine Arts Program on Main Street in Grapevine, Texas.

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Artist Statement

I have a love for color, texture, and making "it" work. My art is a reflection of not only myself but the world around me and a visual description of humankind. With each day, humans (we) are presented with new challenges and opportunities.

 

Sometimes, we can't control our circumstances or what life throws at us.

 

We take on more than we can chew.

We make new friends.

We lose loved ones.

We mature and become polished versions of ourselves.

We change.

And the list goes on.

 

How those moments cause us to shift and grow are the layers that shape us into who we are. 

In my work, I apply that same ideology by merging various mediums together. Each artwork takes on a personality of 'their' own. Starting with similar materials, similar methods for making, they turn out different by happenstance. They always create their own story. My work is not only aesthetically pleasing but it provides exciting details for viewers to notice in each piece time and time again.

~ RTOWN (Rachel Townsend)

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Detail shot of Hot Mess, 2021.

Part of the Soft Grunge Collection.

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EXHIBITIONS

UPCOMING 

May 12 - 15 / The Other Art Fair / Saatchi Art / Dallas Market Hall / Texas / US

CURRENT

March 2022 - June 2022 / Wait Gain / Group Show (Virtual) / Dab Art Co. / Artsy.net

Spring Revolution Collection / RTown Studio + Showroom / Grapevine / Texas / US

Serendipity / Featured Artist / Sola Salon Studios / Southlake / Texas / US

PAST

2022 / In Bloom / Mata Hari House / Dallas Design District / Texas / US

2022 / Amethyst III / Group Show (Virtual) / Envision / Texas / US

2022 / Soft Grunge Collection / RTown Studio + Showroom / Grapevine / Texas / US

2021 / ARToberFEST / Historic Strand / Galveston / Texas / US
2021 / Downtown Street & Art Fair / Bryan / Texas / US

2021 / Texas Now Online Showcase / ArtSpace 111 / Fort Worth / Texas / US

2019 - 2021 / Sloan & Williams Winery / Grapevine Historic Main Street / Texas / US

December 2019 / Full Circle / Solo Show / Tom's Daiquiri / Denton / Texas / US

EDUCATION

2018 / BFA – Drawing and Painting / University of North Texas / Denton / Texas / US

2017 / "Art on Location" / Harlem / New York / US

AWARDS

2017 / Top Ten in Junior Exhibition / University of North Texas / Denton / Texas / US

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2020 --- 2021 / Collaboration / Pollyanna / Grapevine / Texas / US

2017-2018 ART Z / Teacher / Trophy Club / Texas / US

PRESS

2022 / RTown Studio + Showroom opens in Grapevine / Community Impact Newspaper / DFW / Texas / US

2022 / RTown Studio + Showroom Opens in Historic Grapevine / Glimer Mirror / Grapevine / Texas / US

2022 / Alumna shows contemporary side of Grapevine art scene through new studio, showroom / North Texas Daily / University of North Texas / Denton / Texas / US

2021 / Art as an Outlet: Finding your Fun + Paving your Own Balance / In the Kaleidoscope Podcast