Rebecca Salter, Untitled (AM14), 2018


19.9 – 26.10 2024

Rebecca Salter:Tracing Time

3–5 Swallow Street

Rebecca Salter:Tracing Time

19.09 – 26.10.2024



Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm


3–5 Swallow Street

Huxley-Parlour are delighted to announce Tracing Time, a new solo exhibition of paintings by Rebecca Salter PRA opening in September 2024. Presenting works made over the last six years, Tracing Time is Salter’s first exhibition with the gallery and one of her first solo exhibitions since being appointed the first female President of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2019. The exhibition traces the artist’s preoccupation with line and materiality, which have been a continued territory of exploration throughout her career.

Rebecca Salter, Untitled (AR11), 2019

Rebecca Salter. Untitled (AR11), 2019

Presenting both small and large scale works, the exhibition showcases the breadth of Salter’s experimentalism with material. Her canvases are spread with paint; washed with ink; veiled in thin layers of muslin in an intuitive process in which the artist revels in the serendipity of the media. Each work is the product of a lengthy exchange between artist and material, some works taking months to complete. Salter begins every painting confronting a blank canvas, eschewing most preparatory work. For Salter, her role is not to invent a composition but to tease out something pre-existing, embodied within her materials.

Rebecca Salter

B. United Kingdom1955

B. United Kingdom1955


Rebecca Salter’s practice sits between painting, printmaking and sculpture. She uses precise and repetitive mark-making to stain, scorch, or puncture her canvases, concerned more with creating a three-dimensional object than a painted surface. Working with a monochromatic palette on absorbent linen, Salter explores the rhythmic relationship between marked and unmarked space. Her works generate a sense of stillness, absorbing the viewer and providing an opportunity for focused reflection.

Rebecca Salter (b. 1955) initially studied ceramics at Bristol Polytechnic. After being awarded a Leverhulme Scholarship to study at Kyoto City University of the Arts in Japan, Salter began to explore traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking. Her experiences in Japan altered the course of her artistic career, proving fundamental in developing her minimalist and multimedia practice. She has published two books on Japanese printmaking and, until 2016, was Associate Lecturer on the MA Printmaking Course at Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts, London. Salter was awarded the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation residency twice, in 2003 and 2011. She became a Royal Academician in 2014 and was elected as Keeper of the Royal Academy in 2017. In 2019, Salter was elected president of the Royal Academy of Arts, becoming the first female President since the Academy was founded in 1768. Salter has exhibited internationally, with a major retrospective into the light of things at the Yale Centre for British Art in 2011. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including Tate; the British Museum; the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Salter lives and works in London.

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