Gyl has spent over 25 years creating art, from drawing, painting, printmaking to sculpture. She mainly loves to work with abstract styles playing with colours, marks, shapes, petrels and light, though also creates more realistic pieces or work if needed.
Her work can range from bold, bright colourful abstract paintings, inspired by nature and patterns, such as those from Islamic art, she loves the detailed pattern, colour and geometry of iclmic tile work, to more minimalist geometric detailed pencil drawings and printmaking, where she plays around with simple geometric shapes, tones, colour, space, light and structure.
Her early work from her degree show at art school, which you can see in the first image, in working process in her studio at the time. This was based on the architecture she saw in Berlin and the sharp, clean minimalist structures around her, and by architects across the world. The play of light and colour has always fascinated her, from Monet as young girl, to light artists such as James Turrell and Dan Flavin.
"Gyl Rae’s sculptures use concealed colour to great effect – warm, soft pastel tones glow from behind the long rectilinear forms that lean against the wall, colouring the surface with pink, yellow and blue clouds. The shapes deconstruct Flavin’s ‘Monument for V Tatlin’, but Rae’s use of light pulls the plug on his bombast and theoretically kicks over Serra’s hulking one ton prop pieces. "
Gyl loves the really practical hands on process of making things and still does, and the simplicity of art, her love of colour, mark making and pattern, the tactile feel of making objects and playing with them in space and light.
You can still get feel for this in some of Gyl's most recent work, such as her beautiful mixed media embossed prints, where Gyl has played with colour, light and space, once again, loving the whole process.
Gyl's more recent works are inspired by nature around her, the colours, shapes, patterns and light she sees everyday living, driving and working in the Scottish rural countryside and Highlands.