“Rowan Rosie – New Works” opened at The Wall Projects II on Saturday the 12th August 2017. It was a beautiful day with equally beautiful people in my life around me to celebrate.
I want to say a massive thank you to all my family, friends and all the new faces who came to be with me at the opening, it made my day even more special.
The positive feedback I have received on my work has made it all so very worth those months working away in the studio this year and I have sold over half of my paintings at this stage so far-can’t quite believe it. What seems to have been discussed most notably by visitors to the gallery (from the guestbook / talking to people on our meet-the-artist days) has been their enjoyment of the colourful nature of my work and experimentation with material/surface. I am so pleased that you have been able to share in my adoration of colour and light. Also, thank you for the kind messages I have received in the guestbook etc-I’ve read them all!
I am feeling incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to put on a solo show in my first year since graduating and for that I owe a very very big thank you to Kim at the Wall Projects. It has been a total joy to work with you and spend time with you and Tracy.
I don’t want to write too much more as I will do a round-up post once the show has finished with lots more photos. However, for now here is a few snaps from the opening preview event and a reminder that THIS SATURDAY (2nd September 10am-6pm) is the last chance to see the show!
So it’s now officially 10 days until my exhibition opens- unbelievable how quick it has come around. Super excited for the opening next Saturday 12th August in Montrose at the Wall Projects II Gallery (13 Bents Road, 12-4pm!). I still a number of invites so if anyone wants the info direct in the form of a pink postcard-please drop me a line with your address and I’ll get it sent to you asap.
Tomorrow we will be heading up to Montrose in a mini van with all the paintings for the show. So yesterday my mother/apprentice kindly came and helped me packing everything away and helped get everything ready for hanging (she also brought cake). I am really looking forward to visiting the gallery again tomorrow and actually seeing everything in the space it was created for. Couple of pics below documenting the process.
It is now a little over a month until my Summer exhibition will open at the Wall Projects II in Montrose, Scotland. I now have confirmed dates and opening times which are as follows:
Show Preview Sat 12th August 12-3pm @ the Wall Projects II Gallery, Bents Road, Montrose
Show then runs: Sat 12th August – Sat 2nd September (Gallery open Wednesdays – Sundays for duration of exhibition)
Here are a few images of some work from recent weeks, sketchbook work and also some more developed painting close-ups.
After 3 months in my new Glasgow studio space there’s been a fair bit going on. Having spent a while trying to set up a workshop space in my studio /experimenting with various tools/machines I have successfully made genuine gesso surfaces and am back into the painting motion! dmdjdjdmxsmThe most regular way in which I share any progress is on Instagram so please do follow me over on @rowanrosiestudio if you want in on the snapshots! (https://www.instagram.com/rowanrosiestudio/)
Having been invited to take part in the Imago Mundi Project 2017, I have recently submitted a piece of work for the collection and will be updating this website / social media pages with more info on that once I have it. Really excited and happy to have been asked to take part, super interesting international project. (picture below)
I’ve visited some fantastic art exhibitions within the past few months (internationally and locally in Scotland!) that I’ll write a little more about in a separate blog post so keep our eyes peeled for that. For now I’ll be painting away in my studio working towards my solo exhibition in late Summer this year and will keep those who are interested updated.
Thank you to photographer Jacquetta Clark for the recent studio snaps. (can follow her on @jacquettaclark or at jacquettaclark.com)
Last week I graduated with an Honours degree (BA Fine Art) from the University of Dundee along with the rest of my year group. It was a brilliant day and made me very proud to have been part of Dundee and to have been lucky enough to study at DJCAD for the past 4 years. We had a couple of extremely inspiring speakers receiving honorary degrees on the day, one being the woman behind Frank’s Law & the other the founder of the Maggie’s Centers cancer treatment units. Dundee is of course newly a UNESCO city of design (http://www.dundeecityofdesign.com/) and quite rightly so as I have always found it to be a greatly creative and exciting place. Although the V&A museum that is in currently in the making WAS due to be opening this year (lost graduate job opportunity-*sigh*), I will definitely be making a journey up the Silvery Tay back to Dundee upon its’ opening in the next few years.
Studying in this quirky, up & coming and warm city has been the most invaluable experience for me. Not only in exploring and developing my artistic practice but also by showing me over the years that big and wonderful (and even sometimes world-renowned) things, people, movements & ideas can come out of seemingly small yet mighty places.
Dundee, it has been more than a pleasure.
Graduation 2016 – Caird Hall, Dundee
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.
Was exciting to see my name mentioned amongst many others in my graduating class by The Herald newspaper:
“…Rowan Rosie’s joyous neon abstracts paintings are also very easy-on-the-eye. “
Another review of my show thanks tothe ‘Dundee University Review of the Arts’ publication and website:
“Further down the corridor and into the brightness of another studio, Rowan Rosie’s work fills the feature wall. Rosie aims to guide the viewer on a journey of balance, light and colour. The paintings are giant and abstract, and presented adjacent to one another; this is undertaken as an eclectic mixed media frenzy with bright modern synthetic colours. Neon pinks mix with fantastic tangerine; coppers mix with sea-green. A lone neon orange light box sets off the whole composition, pulling the paintings together in a fiery glow”
Again, link below!
I am excited to finally be able to post photos of my offical degree collection. I had held off until the show was over so here they are for those who didn’t make it to the show in Dundee in person. More photos of exhibition space coming soon.
“Fluro Pink” 120x100cm, Oil and Acrylic on Genuine Gesso, £500 [SOLD] (Acquired for the Art in Healthcare collection)
“2D Neon” 50x50cm, Acrylic Perspex and 2D light bulb , £150
“Copper Blue” 150x100cm, Oil, Acrylic and Copper on Genuine Gesso, £700
“PVC P.M.” 100x100cm, Oil, Acrylic and PVC on Genuine Gesso, £460 [SOLD]
“Skye Cream” 60x50cm, Oil and Acrylic on Genuine Gesso. £250 [SOLD] (Acquired for the Art in Healthcare collection)
“Miami Bunnet”, 60x50cm, Oil and Acrylic on Genuine Gesso, £250 [SOLD], (Acquired for the Art in Healthcare Collection)
“Neon Duo”, 40x50cm, Acrylic Perspex, £100 [SOLD] *photos of installed work coming later*
Just a note to say that although I have sold 4 pieces of my work, I still have 2 or maybe 3 (maybe 3 as one currently under offer) pieces left. If you are interested in any of my work or would like to see more or even just have some comments anout the work on show, please do not hesitate to contact me (details on contact page). I would be delighted to hear from you.
(i will be posting photos of the show once it has ended for those who are interested)
What a fantastic opening night Friday was for the DJCAD 2016 degree show. Work is looking fantastic this year all round and I’m really pleased and excited to be part of the exhibition.
Had some fantastic news regarding my work I’d like to share also:
3 of my paintings have been acquried for the Art in Healthcare collection, I have been awarded the James Guthrie prize by the university for painting and very very excitingly I have been selected for a solo show at The Wall Projects in 2017.
Brilliant few days with loads of exciting conversation and happenings.
Please do come along to see the show-it runs everyday all day at DJCAD until Sunday the 29th May.