Nathaniel Rackowe b. 1975


Nathaniel Rackowe's large-scale architectural structures and light sculptures are designed to recreate the experience of navigating the city around us. His works are abstracted impressions of today’s metropolitan experience evoked through the vicissitudes of light as it fluctuates throughout the city. Influenced by Modernism, Rackowe uses the mass manufactured derivative products of that era - corrugated plastics, concrete, scaffolding, breeze blocks and strip lights - to recreate the collective experience and visual sensations of urban contemporary life.


Nathaniel Rackowe was born in the UK in 1975 and graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with an MFA in sculpture.

Recent solo and group shows include Summer Lights Festival, Canary Wharf, London, 2022; The Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 2022; Folly at Tremenheere Sculpture Park, London, UK, 2022; Passing Through, Fold Gallery, Fitzrovia, London, UK, 2021; EVI Lichtungen, Light Art Festival, Hildesheim, Germany, 2020; Lightkeepers, S12 Gallery, Bergen, Norway, 2020; Luminous Territories solo, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE, 2019; The Shape of City, Letitia Art Gallery, Beirut, 2018; Threshold, FOLD Gallery, London, UK, 2018; (De)figured, Dance / Installation with Angela Woodhouse, Elephant x Griffin, London, UK, 2018; Signs of a City, Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris, France, 2017; Parasolstice – Winter Light, Parasol Unit, London, UK, 2016; The Luminous City, Canary Wharf, London, UK, 2016; Radiant Trajectory, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, UAE, 2015; Edge Lands, Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris, France, 2014 and The Consequence of Light, Bodson Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, 2014.

His works are in notable public and private collections including Ventes Privées, Paris, France; Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania, Australia; CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation), Miami, FL, USA; Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum of Modern Art, Lima, Peru; LVMH Collection, Paris, France; David Roberts Collection, London, UK; UK Government Art Collection, London, UK; Hauser & Wirth Collection, London, UK; Ernst & Young Collection, London, UK; VR d’Affaux Collection, Paris, France; Patricia Marshall, Private collection, Paris, France; Marc Blondeau, Private collection, Geneva, Switzerland; Almine-Rech-Picasso, Private collection, Paris, France; Salama Bint Hamdan Foundation, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Modern Forms, UK. 


Rackowe currently lives and works in London.