Rachel Favelle is an Australian Pop Surreal artist, with a profound love of Visual Art that unfolded itself at an early age. Growing up in country Australia; surrounded by rugged mountain ranges, dusty roads and watering holes, Rachel spent most of her childhood exploring and making meaning of her environment. Coupled with the creative influence of her mother, who was an avid oil painter, she quickly became fascinated by the potential for Art to express those intangible experiences and narratives that unfolded in her mind as a child.
In 2000 Rachel pursued an academic career in art education, completing a degree in Secondary Art. Rachel’s creative art endeavors became oriented towards guiding and inspiring young people in the art industry and to this day she remains a practicing Visual Arts teacher. However, it was her earlier studies during her BVA in Illustration that kept calling her back years later for the need to tell her own stories and revisit that inquisitive mindset of childhood.
Consequently, in 2010 Rachel decided to focus on her own creative practice and since that time her artwork has been shown across Australia as well as international galleries in Portugal, New Zealand and the United States. She released her first children’s picture book, ‘The Bear Hug’ in 2018 and in 2019 Rachel showcased her international solo show in Chicago titled, ‘Out of the Velvet Blackness’ which explored childhood creativity and its decline in adulthood.
‘Inspired by my research into fairytales and classic children’s literature during my Illustration degree, I have been intrigued by the art of storytelling. I seek to illustrate not only the impact of an environment but also a character’s internal moral dialogue. Each individual has the potential for light and shade, good and evil. It is this duality that I find intriguing.’