What a fantastic time the Degree Show was! I was overwhelmed by the positive reaction and oh-so-pleasantly surprised by the success of my show. Feeling very excited and lucky.
Firstly, on Friday the 2oth of May before the opening, I received news that the Art in Health Care trust would like to buy three of my paintings for their permanent collection. For me this is a real honour as their collection includes work by the likes of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, one of my favourite 20th century artists from the St Ives school. The trust’s collection provides artwork for Hospitals and healthcare institutes so it is fanastic to know that my work will be out on display to patients and thoswe passing through the corridors daily.
Secondly, but super excitingly, I have been selected for the Wall Projects gallery solo show in 2017! This is such an honour and so very exciting to have been awarded a solo show at the fantastic gallery in Montrose which aims to bring contemporary art to the North East of Scotland. I look forward to working with the gallery and producing my first solo show after graduating, just an amazing oppurtunity. I have also been invited to show at their exciting New Graduates Exhibition in Autumn 2016 later in the year so will keep the website and mailing lost updated regarding that also!
Another really exciting piece of news for me was being awarded the John Guthrie Prize for painting by the University of Dundee:
JAMES GUTHRIE ORCHAR MEMORIAL
ART PRIZE SCHEME
Rowan Rosie (Fine Art)
I found this out on the degree show opening night just before doors opened to the public so excitment was running high!
And finally, I managed to sell almost all of my Degree Show collection which is just more than I could have imagined on top of all the other good news. I would like to thank everyone who has taken an interest in my work over the past month or taken the time to speak to me or send an e-mail etc, especially arund degree show time. I feel truly excited about the future of my practice and I am really eager to secure a studio space in near future and continue painting and working towards new projects and shows. There are still a couple of pieces for sale which can be seen in either the recent blog post of my degree show collection or in the updated Gallery page. Please see contact page if interested for details.