Born in 1958, Jennifer McRae studied Fine Art at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen from 1987 to 1993. McRae has since exhibited her work widely at galleries such as Thackeray Gallery, London, Beaux Arts, Bath and Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, U.S.A. Her work was selected for the BP Portrait Award in 2009 and 2011, having won the BP Travel Award in 1999. McRae has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the BP Portrait Award, the Ondaatje Gold Medal from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the first place in the Royal Watercolour Society Prize and the Cornwall Steele Award for Painting.
McRae has been commissioned to create portraits by both the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. Her portraits of Michael Frayn, Thelma Holt, Leonard Manasseh and Baroness Rebuck are also held in the National Portrait Gallery's Collection. McRae's work is in numerous other collections, including those of the Royal Collection, Reading Museum and the Worshipful Society of Painter-Stainers. McRae's Double Exposure II (2017) was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2017.
McRae is a figurative painter. Her work combines scenes from reality with imagination, plunging her subjects, painted from life, with her own highly stylistic imaginative world. McRae has exhibited her work in both the U.K. and the U.S.A. and often uses travel to inspire her work.
Double Exposure II is infused with McRae's trademark imaginative vim. Painted in oil on linen, the portrait shows two versions of McRae placed side by side, one upright like the pear that floats beside her, the other slightly askew like her second pear counterpart.