Focus: Rose Wylie

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Gold Lump (lined) with Queen of Sheba, 2012 © Rose Wylie
Focus: Rose Wylie

London SW1P 4RG
United Kingdom
May 14th, 2013 - September 29th, 2013
Opening: May 14th, 2013 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

london bridge, southbank
44 20 78878000
Sat-Thu 10-6; Fri 10-10


In May 2013 Tate Britain will present an exhibition of new and recent work by painter Rose Wylie. Wylie makes large scale energetic and compelling images drawn from memory and inspired by her veracious appetite for visual culture, whether ancient wall paintings, work by other artists, films, news stories or her observation of daily events.

Rose Wylie (born 1934) makes large-scale paintings inspired by a wide range of visual culture. Her subject matter ranges from contemporary Egyptian Hajj wall paintings and Persian miniatures to films, news stories, celebrity gossip and her observation of daily life.

Wylie produces bold and loosely-painted canvases that are often made up of multiple panels. Her compositions and repeated motifs are informed by the cut-out techniques of collage and the framing devices of film, cartoon strips and Renaissance predella panels. Often working from memory, she distils her subjects into succinct observations, using text to give additional emphasis to her recollections.

Alongside images of footballer John Terry, the Queen of Sheba and Marilyn Monroe, Wylie paints everyday events such as a girl eating a chocolate biscuit. This display also includes a work that refers to the artist Mark Wallinger’s film Sleeper 2004-5 where he roamed Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie dressed as a bear, and paintings from her ongoing ‘Film Notes’ series. These pay homage to film directors admired by Wylie including Werner Herzog, Carlos Reygadas and Quentin Tarantino.

In weaving together imagery from different sources with elements personal to the artist, Wylie’s paintings offer a direct and wry commentary on contemporary culture.

This display has been curated by Melissa Blanchflower, Lizzie Carey-Thomas and Clarrie Wallis.