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Michael Raedecker (b.1963)


Artist who depicted interiors and landscapes using unusual combinations of media and support such as oil, acrylic, veneer and thread on linen. He was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, gaining a fashion degree there in 1985–90, at Gerrit Rietveld Academie. “I went to Paris for an apprenticeship, but found the creative bit of being a designer limited.” After studies at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, in 1993–4, Raedecker obtained his master’s in fine art from Goldsmiths’ College School of Art, 1996–7. Charles Saatchi began collecting Raedecker’s work when he visited his degree show there, acquiring more of it when shown at The Approach, over a public house in the East End. Raedecker was included in Die Young Stay Pretty at ICA, 1998–9; in the series of Neurotic Realism shows launched by Saatchi Gallery, 1999, Saatchi Collection holding his work; and Hayward Gallery toured The British Art Show 5, 2000–1.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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