Blake Rayne


Blake Rayne’s work has been pivotal in the resurgence of conceptual painting over the last twenty years. He has used compositional systems as an organizing principle along with an inherent semantic play to create paintings. Employing diverse techniques, Rayne weaves personal, art historical, and formal narratives to explore the many contexts in which painting can be seen and understood. The goal is to simultaneously establish a pictorial order and to destroy it. His work tests how painting is responding to shifts in perceptual regimes, labour conditions, and temporal paradigms.

Blake Rayne (Lewes, DEL,1969) lives and works in New York. In 2016, Rayne had a survey exhibition, Cabin of the Accused at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, with the accompanying monograph Tense & Spaced Out, published in 2017.

His work is part of the public collections of the MoMA, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Pinault Collection, Paris; the FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, France; the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, Miami; the Portland Museum of Art, Oregon ; the New York Public Library, New York.

His work has been featured in solo exhibitions include Bad Maps, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto (2023); DOGSKULLDOGS, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York (2018); Peaceful Photographers, Campoli Presti, London and Paris (2015); Warmilk, Mendes Wood, São Paolo (2014); On Fridays We Have Half Days, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York (2014); Blake Rayne, 1301PE, Los Angeles (2013); Wild Country, Campoli Presti, London (2012) and Blake Rayne, Formalist Sidewalk PoetryClub, Miami (2011).

Until April 21, 2024, the works of Blake Rayne will be on display at the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation in Arles as part of a group show. Prior to this, he has participated in collective exhibitions at the Palais Carli, Marseille (2023); New York Public Library (2017); Whitney Museum (2015); Künstlerhaus, Graz (2013); Langen Foundation, Neuss (2011); Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2010); The Kitchen, New York (2010); Sculpture Center, Long Island City (2010); Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers (2009); and Artists Space, New York (2004).

Selected Works