Tara Krause: Why Don't You Just Paint Roses?

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Souvenir de la Malmaison, 2012 Oil Pigment Stick On Canvas 60 Inches X 36 Inches © 2012 Tara Krause
Tara Krause: Why Don't You Just Paint Roses?

475 Route 57
Washington, NJ 07882
April 4th, 2012 - May 19th, 2012
Opening: April 12th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

other (outside main areas)
floral, feminist, war, oil stick, experimental, synaesthesia realism, landscape, figurative


Warren County Community College presents Tara Krause: “Why Don’t You Just Paint Roses?” featuring the latest series of strong work by international painter, Tara Krause.  The exhibition will run from April 4 to May 19, 2012 in the college's second floor art gallery. There will be Artist’s Reception and Artist Talk on Thursday, April 12 from 5:30- 7 pm in the gallery.

The exhibition “Why Not Just Paint Roses?” came out of Tara Krause’s experience in a New Jersey veterans hospital, when her treatment team confiscated her oil paints and gently suggested she just paint roses instead of political art on the heroic imagery of rape.  Resistant at first, she went on to discover that she could express the neural synaesthesic kick of primal awe in exploring macro perspectives of antique old garden roses.  She abandoned the brush to paint with her fingers and R&F and Sennelier oil pigment sticks.  She works directly alla prima, wet-on-wet, mixing a limited palette directly on 60 inches by 36 inches canvas.

Tara Krause is an international artist, printmaker, filmmaker and artisan botanical perfumer.  Her work has premiered at the United Nations and hangs in both corporate and private collections. She collaborated globally with cutting edge scientists, composers, filmmakers and human rights activists, to include the late great Sengalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene and MacArthur Genius physicist Stephen Wolfram of Wolfram Research Mathematica and WolframAlpha.  Her themes are women, war, science and human rights. 

Atelier trained, Ms. Krause is a graduate of West Point and New York University and a veteran of the nuclear Cold War and Gulf War.  She lives and works out of her Sussex County organic micro-farm and rosarium in Sparta, NJ.