Rachel Milne

Rachel Milne

Rachel Milne paints in all genres but is best known for her Intimist impressionist fine art interior paintings – room paintings and studio paintings – paintings of the everyday clutter of a working and living space.

Milne was born in 1978 in Cambridge (England) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Fine Arts) from Cardiff University (UK) in 2000. Prior to moving to Newcastle in 2013, Milne regularly at the Royal West of England Academy.

Soon after arriving in Australia, Rachel was awarded the Singleton Portrait Prize and since then has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize, the Fleurieu Biennale, Kilgour and Tattersall Landscape prizes, the Portia Geach Memorial Award and the Salon des Refusés amongst others. After a well received solo show at the Newcastle Art Gallery in 2021, she went on to win the 2022 Muswellbrook Painting Prize (acquisitive).

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The Salon des Refusés is the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection from works entered into the annual Archibald and Wynne Prizes.

The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year and the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney scene.

Exhibition details:
Exhibition open 11am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday from Saturday 6 May – Sunday 23 July 2023.



Painted for the 2015 exhibition, 'The piano has been drinking (not me)', this self-portrait by Newcastle-based artist Rachel Milne explores the unglamourous side to painting, capturing the artists internal and external state of disarray. Known for her intimate and observational oil paintings, Milne’s 'Started Drunk, Finished Sober, Self Portrait with Sarah Lund’ reflects her “reckless” response to Eisenberg’s request for a work.

There is a long history of portraits in the Maitland Regional Art Gallery Collection and this exhibition presents some of the Gallery’s most loved portraits alongside recent acquisitions. This exhibition, curated by Cheryl Farrell and Belle Beasley, sits as inspiration for the many artists from the Maitland Society of Artists who will be immersing themselves in the Gallery spaces for their annual portrait prize.

This exhibition opened 18 March and will be showing until 4 June. 
230 High Street, Maitland, NSW 2320

Image: Rachel Milne, Started Drunk, Finished Sober, Self Portrait With Sarah Lund, 2014. Photo credit Michel Brouet.



Arts Upper Hunter and AGL is proud to welcome 16 artists into the Liddell WORKS project, a unique partnership inviting artists to creatively respond to the process of the closure, decommissioning and demolition of the iconic Liddell Power Station in April 2023. The selected artists work across the fields of sound installation, pottery, 3D video recording, portraiture, large scale photography, sculpture and blacksmithing. This innovative program of artist “residencies” will culminate in a major local exhibition or performance opportunity with the completed and curated works on exhibition at both Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery and the Singleton Cultural Centre in 2024.

Submissions for the Liddell WORKS program was highly competitive, and saw submissions from across the region and beyond. Congratulations Rachel. 

Image: Rachel Milne, Prop Store, 2022, oil on board, 60 x 80 cm



We are delighted to share that Rachel Milne has been selected as the recipient of the Evelyn Chapman Art Award 2022. 

The Evelyn Chapman Art Award is a $50,000 scholarship is presented to an Australian painter, male or female under 45. The Award, given every two years, is intended to support a young Australian painter by furthering their art education both in knowledge and artistic practice internationally or in Australia. The scholarship will cover the reasonable costs of the award winner for a period of 2 years, whilst studying at a recognised and well-established art school or cultural organisation approved by the Trustee, overseas or within Australia.

“This award not only gives me the financial freedom to research and work on a project that really inspires me but also the encouragement of the Evelyn Chapman Trustees. To be considered part of a scholarship of painters that goes back to Evelyn Chapman, the first female Australian artist to record the aftermath of the First World War battlefields makes me extremely proud. I now have to time to explore the beautiful and varied interior and exterior architecture of Sydney and Newcastle and to really push my practice through research and more ambitious paintings to create a body of work that brings to light some of the more well-known and hidden spaces in these beautiful cities.” - Rachel Milne, 2022

Congratulations Rachel on this well-deserved achievement.

Image: Rachel Milne, Nest, 2020, oil on board, 120 x 160 cm

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Rachel Milne Dressing Room Chair 2022 oil on board 23 x 28 cm $1,900.00
Rachel Milne Backstage Lamp 2022 oil on board 60 x 50 cm $3,800.00
Rachel Milne Dressing Room Sofa 2022 oil on board 23 x 28 cm $1,900.00
Rachel Milne Prop Store 2022 oil on board 60 x 80 cm $5,500.00
Rachel Milne Dressing Room Chair 2022 oil on board 23 x 28 cm $1,900.00
Rachel Milne Backstage Lamp 2022 oil on board 60 x 50 cm $3,800.00
Rachel Milne Dressing Room Sofa 2022 oil on board 23 x 28 cm $1,900.00
Rachel Milne Prop Store 2022 oil on board 60 x 80 cm $5,500.00