Women to Watch 2010: Body of Work: New Perspectives on Figurative Painting


The UK Friends of NMWA are pleased to announce that Rose Wylie, proposed by the UK committee in 2009, was selected by Kathryn Wat, NMWA’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art,  to represent the UK in the Women to Watch exhibition to be held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC in July 2010.

Drawing inspiration from NMWA’s recent exhibition of works by Paula Rego, the theme of Women to Watch 2010 is contemporary figurative painting.Working closely with museum and gallery curators, each committee nominates five contemporary artists in a defined medium for consideration.

This year Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator at Tate Modern, assisted the UK committee in its selection process.  Five UK-based artists were shortlisted for participation and their work was exhibited in a display titled “The Figure Re-Figured,” at Christies, King Street, in September 2009. The other four shortlisted artists included in this display were Anna Bjerger, Kaye Donachie, Chantal Joffe and Veronica Smirnoff.

Rose Wylie makes large-scale paintings and drawings that feature familiar forms drawn from sources as varied as Egyptian painting, sports and film stars. Painted with raw brushstrokes in a spontaneous and exaggeratedly naïve style, her figures seem to carry the simplicity and innocence of children’s art. Upon closer inspection the depth of imagery with its different styles and textures makes the experience increasingly complex both materially and stylistically. Rose Wylie (b 1933) received her MA from the Royal College of Art in 1981. She has been nominated for numerous prizes, including the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1997 and the Threadneedle Prize in 2009. She is currently featured in a solo exhibition at UNION Gallery (www.union-gallery.com) where she is represented in London. Rose Wylie lives and works in Kent.

Rose Wylie, Lords and Ladies, 2006. Oil on canvas.




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