• » 24/09/2020:  Listen to Jude Rae interviewed by Maria Stoljar during her solo exhibition, 424 - 428, at The Commercial for Talking with Painters podcast.
  • » 22/07/2020:  The Commercial is open by appointment only from 23/07/20 - 21/08/20 inclusive. During this time we are working on special projects and doing a minor renovation. We look forward to Jude Rae's solo exhibition at the gallery opening 22/08/20.
  • » 01/06/2020:  Bonita Bub, Agatha Gothe-Snape and Jude Rae will be live in conversation online on Zoom as part of Melbourne Art Fair, Saturday 06/06/20 at 12.30pm. The talk is around the presentation of the three artists' work in The Commercial's Melbourne Art Fair viewing room, hosted by Ocula. VIP Preview 01-02/06/20. Public dates 03-07/06/20. Register here.
  • » 22/05/2020:  The Commercial is looking forward to presenting an online viewing room for Melbourne Art Fair from 1-7 June 2020, hosted by ocula.com, with works by Bonita Bub, Agatha Gothe-Snape and Jude Rae. The presentation on Ocula is taking place in lieu of the physical fair which has been postponed until 4-7 February 2021. Follow this link to register for early VIP access for the first two days of the online fair and contact us by email to receive an advance preview of works.
  • » 18/05/2020:  The Commercial will be open 11am - 4pm for the final two Saturdays of our current group exhibition, The Humanity. The exhibition presents two new works each by Diena Georgetti, Patrick Hartigan, Oscar Perry, Jude Rae and Yasmin Smith and two late works by Gunter Christmann. Saturdays 23/05/20 and 30/05/20.
  • » 14/05/2020:  Jude Rae was invited by the Colin McCahon House project to contribute a piece of writing on the New Zealand artist's work. Rae unravels the impact on her own practice of encounters with McCahon's work at formative moments of her career, specifically his 1970 painting, Victory over death 2, a gift from the New Zealand Government to the Australian national collection in 1978. The text is published on the Colin McCahon House website.
  • » 22/04/2020:  As part of the program for The Humanity, a group exhibition with new work by Diena Georgetti, Patrick Hartigan, Oscar Perry, Jude Rae and Yasmin Smith and late work by Gunter Christmann, Oscar Perry will be presenting a music set on The Commercial’s Instagram, from 3pm AEST Saturday 25/04/20. We hope you can join us. The artists in the exhibition will be taking over The Commercial’s Instagram each week of the exhibition: Oscar Perry: 29/04/20 - 02/05/20; Patrick Hartigan: 06/05/20 - 09/05/20; Yasmin Smith: 13/05/20 - 16/05/20; Jude Rae: 20/05/20 - 23/05/20; Diena Georgetti: 27/05/20 - 30/05/20.
  • » 06/02/2020:  Jude Rae has donated a painting to HOME, a Bushfire Relief Art Auction Fundraiser at the National Art School Gallery on Wednesday 12 February 7pm-10pm, organised by Sydney Contemporary. All proceeds go to WWF Australia, Climate Council and Firesticks Alliance.
  • » 13/12/2019:  It is a great pleasure to announce that The Commercial is representing Jude Rae (b. 1956, Sydney; l. Sydney) and to warmly welcome her to the gallery. Rae’s observational painting practice is analytic of objects, space and light. She works within the genres of still life and large-scale interiors and the conceptual and perceptual propositions they offer as within a laboratory, subtly manipulating the variables of composition and the desires of media - oil paint on textured linen, charcoal, watercolour and etchings on paper – for palpable effects. She chooses objects emptied of sentimentality and familiarity and places them under “inquisitorial” (Rae) light. Economies of composition are narrowed to formal elements, sensitising and slowing the activity of looking via nuanced constructions and interpretations of light and affecting tonal relationships. Rae’s practice conflates the traditions of Netherlandish 17th Century painting, early French modernists’ ventures in subjective (imaginative) vision with late 20th Century philosophies of abstraction and speed. For four decades, Jude Rae has presented regular solo exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand, her movement between the two countries has resulted in firmly-rooted artistic citizenship of both. In 2017, a large-scale survey exhibition of Rae’s work, Jude Rae: A Space of Measured Light, was presented by the Drill Hall Gallery at the Australian National University, Canberra, curated by Terence Maloon. Rae has been the recipient of major painting prizes including the 2016 Bulgari Art Award at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2008 and 2005. Rae’s work is held in many major public, university and corporate collections in Australia and New Zealand. Details of forthcoming exhibitions will be announced in the new year.