New: Royal Scottish Academy Range

In 2015 internationally-renowned artist Barbara Rae CBE RA RSA began a series of journeys of discovery into the Arctic, following the footsteps of her namesake, the Orcadian explorer Dr. John Rae. Barbara Rae joined her first voyage to the Northwest Passage travelling with One Ocean Expeditions in 2015. She returned in 2016 and 2017, drawn by her interest in the story of John Rae.

Whilst her paintings and prints are known for their rich, Mediterranean palette, Rae's expedition to the Arctic has triggered a shift towards deep blues and opalescent silvers, but the intense bursts of colour for which her work is known remain resolutely powerful.