"Painting is a speculative business. Like a gambler you come to the table with your set of “chips” - your ideas and concepts. The game involves risk-taking and the active provocation of chance; images are eventually brokered through the painting process and the substance of paint, with all its unpredictable characteristics. You could say that a painting only really lives by lucky chance.”

Rachel Lumsden 2010

1995 – 1998 M.A. Painting The Royal Academy Schools, London
1987 – 1991 B.A. (Honours) Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University
2007 onwards Lecturer Hochschule Design & Kunst Luzern

2017 Prix Maude Mottier, Pasquart Kunsthaus Centre d’Art, CH
2016 Kantonal Art Award, Thurgau CH
2014 Kantonal Art Stipendium, St.Gallen CH
2011 Vorarlberg International Art Prize, Bregenz AT
2009 St. Galler Förderpreis
2005 St. Galler Werkbeitrag für Bildende Kunst
2001 Award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation New York
1998 CrestCo Art Prize from The Bank of England
David Murray prize
Landseer prize

2012 Artist in Residence, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, awarded by Visarteost
2008/09 Artist in Residence, La Fabrik, Berlin awarded by Stadt St. Gallen