Girl having her hair combed, c.1960
Framed (ref: 1381)
Oil on board 39 1/2 x 29 1/4 in. (100 x 74 cm.)
Reckitt was a highly individual and versatile artist working as a painter, sculptor - in mild steel, wood, and stone - and print maker. She was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire and studied at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in late 1930s under lain Macnab, and in 1970-75 at the Roadwater Smithy, Somerset, with Harry and Jim Horrobin. After training Reckitt worked from home in west Somerset at Rodhuish, Minehead. She carried out commissions for pub signs; wood-engraved book illustrations and single prints; and did sculpture in five Somerset churches and for private commission. She was an honorary member of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen and SWE and a member of British Artist Blacksmiths' Association. Other group shows included Wertheim Gallery and LG. Had solo exhibitions at Duncan Campbell Contemporary Art and Bridgwater Arts Centre. A retrospective publication, Rachel Reckitt: where everything that meets the eye... appeared in zoos, Hal Bishop's survey of her work, supported by Somerset County Museums Service and the Golsoncott Foundation, accompanying shows in Taunton, Glastonbury and Exeter. Public collections in Salford and Bridgwater hold examples, as do Withycombe, Old Cleeve and Leighland.