About

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

My work is first and foremost intimate and reflective, a personal response to my subject matter.

My chosen method of working is figurative, weaving underlying abstract forms into reality and, in the process, hopefully creating a sense of presence – a vibration. The study of the human body, an ongoing fascination throughout my life, returns time and again as does the art of still life which is often more about human relationships than the objects it represents. Woven into this process is the acceptance of faults and imperfections as it is only through a holistic view of reality that the truth and the real self are revealed.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Having completed Foundation Studies at Belfast College of Art in 1970, Rosie graduated in 1973 from Manchester Polytechnic, Faculty of Art and Design with a BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textile Design. From 1973-74 she studied Fashion Illustration at St Martin’s School of Art, London. She then worked as a designer and illustrator in the fashion industry in London until leaving Britain in 1981 for Germany where she lived for 18 years painting and running art classes. Since her return to Belfast, Rosie has been painting and exhibiting her paintings throughout the province, She also runs her own art groups, workshops and sketching holidays.

 

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

Arts Society of Ulster

Pastel Society of Ireland

 

AWARDS

Milliken Award for Seascape 2015

Willis Award for Still Life Arts Society of Ulster 2014

Award for landscape Pastel Society of Ireland 2014

Sam Mateer Award Pastel Society of Ireland 2013

Bigger and Strachan Award for Portrait and Figure-Drawing ASU 2013

Bigger and Strachan Award for Portrait and Figure-Drawing ASU 2012

Milliken Award for Seascape 2011

Milliken Award for Seascape,  2010

Bigger and Strachan Award for Portraiture Arts Society 2010

Selectors’ Choice,  Pastel Society of Ireland 20th Annual Exhibition 2009.

Perpetual Trophy for most outstanding work exhibited  Arts Society of Ulster 2009

Selectors’ Choice, Pastel Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition 2008

Bigger and Strachan Award for Portraiture and Figure Drawing, ASU 2006

 

Exhibitions

2017      Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London

2017      Faultlines and Fractures, a dual exhibition Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart

2016      Faultlines and Fractures, a dual exhibition Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co Down

2015      Pastel Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition

2014      Arts Society of Ulster, Annual Exhibition

Pastel Society of Ireland, Titanic Building, Belfast.

2013      Royal Ulster Academy, Ulster Museum, Belfast

Pastel Society of Ireland, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart.

Arts Society of Ulster Annual Exhibition, Belfast 

2012      Solo exhibition Graffan Gallery WWT Castle Espie Comber Co. Down;    

2011      Royal Hibernian Academy 181st Annual Exhibition, Dublin

Royal Ulster Academy 130th Annual Exhibition

Bradbury Gallery. Fountain St, Belfast, Pastel Society of Ireland Members’ Exhibitiion

Pastel Society of Ireland, St Patrick’s Arts Centre, Downpatrick.

Pastel Society of Ireland Newry and Mourne Arts Centre

Royal Ulster Academy War on Want group exhibition, Ormeau Baths Gallery

2010      Pastel Society of Ireland 21st Annual Exhibiton, Waterfront Hall Belfast

Arts Society of Ulster Annual Exhibition,

2009      Royal Ulster Academy 128th Annual Exhibition                 

Pastel Society of Ireland 20th Annual Exhibition, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn.                                                   

ASU Annual Exhibition

ASU Members’ Exhibition Island Arts Centre, Lisburn

The Kennedy Gallery, Dublin. Pastel Society of Ireland Members’ Exhibition

2008      Royal Ulster Academy 127th Annual Exhibition, Titanic Drawing Offices, Belfast.

Pastel Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition, Flowerfields Arts Centre, Portstewart

Arts Society of Ulster Annual Exhibition, 

2007      “6 Women” Group Exhibition Yard Gallery, Holywood Co Down

Milltown House Gallery Lisburn Winter Group Exhibition

Arts Society of Ulster Annual Exhibition.

2006      Arts Society of Ulster, Switch Gallery, Belfast and Hillsborough Castle

2005      Arts Society of Ulster Annual Exhibition

2004      Arts Society of Ulster Annual Exhibition, Ross’s Auction House, Belfast

2003      Group exhibition of Irish Art at Belfast Harlequins

Pastel Society of Ireland, Armagh,.

2002      Pastel Society of Ireland, Downpatrick,

2001    Royal Ulster Academy 120th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast  

2000      Pastel Society of Ireland Maritime Museum, Donegal

1999      Royal Ulster Academy 118th Annual Exhibition

Solo exhibition, Altes Rathaus, Bad Nauheim, Germany

1997      Solo Exhibition, Haus Devrient, Bad Homburg, Germany

Group Exhibition, Galerie BBK, Frankfurt, Kreuzweise

Group Exhibition, Horizonte, Friedberg, Germany          

Group Exhibition, Frankfurter Rundschau 5th Wetterau Culture Week, Karben, Germany

 

Publications      

International Artist Magazine, Oct/Nov 2014 issue, “Dark to Light” article on demonstration of pastel techniques

Visual Creativity by Mark McGough Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform  2012

Creative Fashion Drawing by Noel Chapman and Judith Cheek Published by Arcturus 2012