Rebecca Salter Tabula Series – Tabula (Byzantine Greek: τάβλι), meaning a plank or board, was a Greco-Roman board game, and is generally thought to be the direct ancestor of modern backgammon. Salter is attracted to the visual sophistication of Japanese prints. Using flat colour, her compositions of the lines are the traces of marks in layers moving across the wooden printing block. They are evident influences on her minimal, abstract works on paper and prints.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rebecca Salter is attracted to the visual sophistication of Japanese prints; the flat colour, the bold, cropped compositions and, above all, the fluidity of the lines are all evident influences on her minimal, abstract works on paper, print and painting.
Her prints are made using Japanese techniques, reflecting the ukiyo-e tradition. In addition to hand-printing in her studio, Salter has a close relationship with the Sato Woodblock Workshop in Kyoto, Japan and has commissioned them to work with her on several of her multiple block and complex limited-edition woodcut series including Quadra, Celeste,Tessella, Rasa and Leste.
In her works on paper Salter draws on the raw materials of paper and wood blocks, often transferring marks from wood to paper. They are cut, folded and traced to create visual depth of surface.
Salter’s work is held in international collections including – UK: Tate Gallery; The British Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum; The British Council; Government Art Collection; Cambridge Institute for Medical Research Linklaters, London; Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. Germany:Frechen Kunstverein; Graphotek, Stadtbucherei, Stuttgart. USA: Yale University Art Gallery; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Library of Congress, Washington DC. Yale Center for British Art; Yale University Art Gallery; Portland Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Currently living and working in London. Salter graduated from Bristol Polytechnic, Faculty of Art and Design in 1977. She lived and worked in Japan from 1981 to 1985 and before that was a research student at Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan, as part of her Leverhulme Scholarship.
Rebecca Salter was elected as a Royal Academician (RA), 2014, Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools in (2017 _2019) and is currently the first woman President of the Royal Academy of Arts (2019 -)