Rachel Howard (b. 1969) You Can Save Me 2015, Jerwood Collection. Courtesy the artist.

You Can Save Me 2015

oil on canvas
76.2 x 91.4 cm

You Can Save Me was painted by Howard in response to being invited to exhibit at the Jerwood Gallery in 2015.

The division of space in the work suggests a shifting seascape and Howard took inspiration for the work and its title from a sign seen on the dilapidated Hastings Pier before it was resurrected. She commented: 'I grew up on a farm near the sea on the North East coast of England, and having a permanent horizon every day to look at gives a wonderful reassurance in what can be at times a very uncertain world. My show at Jerwood Gallery explored both these aspects of certainty and uncertainty.'

Blain|Southern, London, from where purchased December 2015.

Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Rachel Howard: At Sea, July - October 2015.
Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Jerwood Collection: 25 Years, January - April 2018.
London, Mall Galleries, The Art of Collecting, 27 June - 6 July 2018.

Joanna Waclawski