March 6 - May 13, 2015
Rose Wylie’s idiosyncratic paintings are big, generous, and free-spirited. There are artists with whom her work has some connections, but none who have her tone and attitude. Rose Wylie’s pictures are bold, often a little chaotic, occasionally unpredictable, and always fiercely independent, even though they are not at all domineering.
Inspiration comes from many and varied sources, most of them popular and vernacular. Wylie borrows images from films, newspapers, magazines, and the television; she internalises them and allows 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, she paints what she sees.
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 picture-making: drawing, colour, and texture. She is a special artist.
A new publication with a text by Sara Baume will accompany the exhibition. The Douglas Hyde Gallery thanks the artist and Jari-Juhani Lager of Union Gallery, London, for their support of this exhibition.