Ragellah Rourke

Ragellah Rourke has been creating luminous abstract paintings for over 30 years. Working in both oil and acrylic she gradually builds up the surface of her paintings intuitively.Her surfaces are lush worlds which encompass energetic brush strokes suspended over atmospheric backdrops. Occupying an ethereal space, there is a sense of movement in the forms and imagery in which Rourke creates a place that is based in nature, yet is altered, intensified, and poetic. These sophisticated compositions are created through chaos that never reveals a definitive narrative.

Ragellah Rourke was born in Upstate New York in 1963. She attended Russell Sage Junior College then the University at Albany where she graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. For the past twenty years she has lived with her family in East Berne, New York. The natural beauty of the countryside surrounding her has been a major influence on her work.

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1963 Born Albany, NY

1998 BA Painting, The University at Albany, State University of New York

Residing: East Berne, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2012 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Albany, NY

2011 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2009 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2008 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2007 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2006 Before Night Falls, Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY

2004 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2003 Recent Paintings, Gallery 100, Saratoga Springs, NY

2001 Radiant Transmissions, Siena College, Loudonville, NY

1999 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

1999 Echo’s at Twilight, The Palmer House, Rensselaerville, NY

1998 Ragellah Rourke-New Paintings, Designer’s Studio, Saratoga Springs, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2017 Fieldstones Inaugural Artist Residency Exhibit, Medusa, NY

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2015 Laura Rathe Gallery, Houston, TX

2014 Laura Rathe Gallery, Houston, TX

2013 Laura Rathe Gallery. Houston, TX

Galleria Jan, La Jolla, CA

2012 Galleria Jan, La Jolla, CA

Gallery, Albany, NY

2011 Galleria Jan, La Jolla, CA

Gallery, Albany, NY

2010 Galleria Jan, La Jolla, CA

2009 Galleria Jan, La Jolla, CA

Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2008 Galleria Jan, La Jolla, CA

2007 Galleria Jan, La Jolla, CA

Bachlier Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT

Galleria Jan, La Jolla, CA

2006 Galleria Jan, La Jolla, CA

Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY

2005 Fine Art Forum, Metropolitan Pavillion, New York, NY

Galleria Jan, La Jolla, CA

2003 Gallery 100, Saratoga Springs, NY

2002 Carrie Haddad Galley, Hudson, NY

2000 Albany Center Galleries, Albany, NY

1998 New York State Biennial, New York State Museum, Albany, NY

AWARDS and PUBLICATIONS

Hudson-Catskill Newspaper, November, 2009

The Country and Abroad, review, Winter, 2009- ­2010

Mohawk-Hudson Regional, award, John Yau curator

Catskill Mountain Region Guide, review, Sue Stovall 2006

The Saratogian, review, Thomas Dimopoulos, 2003

The Independent, review, J. Peter Bergman, 1999

Times Union, review, William Jaeger, 1998

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Philadelphia, PA

Ayco Co, Saratoga Springs, NY