Venue: Lightbox
Dates: Thursday 11 February - Monday 20 June


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Rose Wylie: Yellow Strip


Rose Wylie’s pictures are bold, occasionally chaotic and often unpredictable. She borrows from first-hand imagery of her everyday life as well as from 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.

Yellow Strip - the artwork that appears on the glass front of the building - takes inspiration from the shared icons of football whose images proliferate print media:

“These 'footballer-gods' were always in the newspapers…. we all knew what they looked like. They were good source material. Some particular characteristics have been visualised here: Rooney was good at jumping into the air with his goal shot; Crouch used his head and extra height to drop-down the ball at a fellow striker’s feet, he had long shorts; Henri was languid at running, he had a good shaped head; Lehmann was substantial in goal with significant hair, green gloves and flexed knees; and Ronaldinho 'flicked' in general … his ponytail, both hands, and crossover back kicks. The training-strip was often yellow (useful here for continuity). The all-over medieval, grass-convention positions the pitch, and with the white line marking and 'ball-repeat', holds the painting-strip together in a combination of ‘portrait’ and ‘diagram’. And there's a goal each end for formality and equal score-opportunity.”

Yellow Strip is part of Rose Wylie’s solo exhibition TILT THE HORIZONTAL INTO A SLANT, which can be seen in the Gallery until 29 May 2016.



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

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