Rose Wylie : Tilt The Horizontal Into A Slant
Rose Wylie’s pictures are bold, occasionally chaotic, often unpredictable, and always fiercely independent, without being domineering.
Wylie works directly on to large unprimed, un-stretched canvases and her inspiration comes from many and varied sources, most of them popular and vernacular. The cutout techniques of collage and the framing devices of film, cartoon strips and Renaissance panels inform her compositions and repeated motifs. Often working from memory, she distils her subjects into succinct observations, using text to give additional emphasis to her recollections.
Wylie borrows from first-hand imagery of her everyday life as well as films, newspapers, magazines, and television allowing herself to follow loosely associated trains of thought, often in the initial form of drawings on paper. The ensuing paintings are spontaneous but carefully considered: mixing up ideas and feelings from both external and personal worlds.
Rose Wylie favours the particular, not the general; although subjects and meaning are important, the act of focused looking is even more so. Every image is rooted in a specific moment of attention, and while her work is contemporary in terms of its fragmentation and cultural references, it is perhaps more traditional in its commitment to the most fundamental aspects of picturemaking: drawing, colour, and texture.
Rose Wylie was born in 1934 and lives and works in Kent. She studied at Folkestone and Dover School of Art, and at the Royal College of Art. In 2015 Wylie was elected a Senior Royal Academician.
Wylie represented Great Britain in ‘Women To Watch’, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC (2010). Her first retrospective exhibition was held at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (2012), and was followed by her BP Spotlight exhibition at Tate Britain (2013), which led to museum shows in Philadelphia, USA; Tonsberg, Norway; Wolfsberg, Germany; Tal R’s Project Space, Copenhagen, Denmark; and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
In 2011, she was given the Paul Hamlyn Award and in 2014, she won the John Moore's Painting Prize. In 2015 she won The Charles Wollaston Award for the ‘most distinguished work’ in the RA Summer Exhibition for her painting Herr Rehlinger In White Armour that we are delighted to be exhibiting as part of her exhibition at Chapter.
Wylie has work in private and public collections including Tate Britain, the Arts Council Collection, Jerwood Foundation, Hammer Collection, Walker Art Gallery, York City Art Gallery and Arario Museum. She is represented by UNION Gallery www.union-gallery.com
Image: Black Strap (Red Fly), 2014, Oil on Canvas, 184 x 332 cm
Installation Images Credit: Ric Bower