Hespe Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Amberlee Rosolowich. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:30.
Amberlee Rosolowich’s paintings often depict exotic wild animals alongside small children, who seem completely unbothered by their presence. Many of Rosolowich’s works can at first glance be startling. The juxtaposition of a young child alongside a shark or a lion naturally provokes a visceral response in many; however, upon further study the images are in fact very tender. The animals have a guardian-like relationship with the children and watch over them while they are engrossed in a book or playing in the sand. Rosolowich draws inspiration for these pieces from her own childhood experiences. The artist became interested in animals at a young age when she accompanied her mother to the zoo where she worked as a marine biologist. While visiting with her mother on the weekends, she was a constant observer of animal behavior and imagined herself protected and interacting with the animals that she considered to be her friends.
Rosolowich’s skill and technique are equally important characters in her work. Her light, quick brushstrokes give both the figures and the space around them movement; her tactful use of negative space provides the viewer with an instant entry into a world where danger cannot enter and innocence is ever-present; and her carefully-placed splashes of whimsical color add to the overall playful feeling she generates with these pieces. Rosolowich succeeds brilliantly in creating a space where one can forget the perils of the outside world and return back to a time of youthful eagerness and curiosity.
Rosolowich received her BFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has been featured in S.F. Weekly and California Home & Design. This will be her third solo exhibition at Hespe Gallery.