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Rae Mahaffey

Portland, OR

"The framework of my work is just this: a formal consideration of color, pattern, and luminosity, and an allegorical consideration of the structure of human life."
Originally from Colorado, I studied art at Western Washington University & Fairhaven College, Bellingham, Washington, the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and the University of Washington. While living in Los Angeles I worked as a curator for Gemini G.E.L., and with various corporate art collections. I also worked as a consultant for David Hockney’s studio. I then moved to Portland with my husband, Mark, to start Mahaffey Fine Art, a fine art print workshop. In Portland, my work is represented by the Russo Lee Gallery.

I have exhibited primarily in galleries on the West Coast and at institutions such as the Portland Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, and Oregon State University. I have completed various public art commissions including ones for the El Paso International Airport, TX, Columbia Basin College, WA, Oregon Convention Center and Tigard Public Library, OR, Tacoma Public Schools, and for a Fire Station in Aurora, CO.

My work is included in the collections of the Portland Art Museum, New York Public Library, Tacoma Art Museum, Portland State University, Boise Art Museum, Good Samaritan Hospital, King County Arts Commission, Swedish Hospital, Microsoft, Oregon Health Sciences University, and private collections.
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