Often working on large unprimed canvases to conjure her playful forms, British artist Rose Wylie embraces a childlike aesthetic that nevertheless conveys a deeper message.
Choosing to adopt a rather cartoonlike means of capturing her figures and forms, Wylie uses this simplified visual language as a means to comment on the varied threads of art history. Secretly inserting references to past masters like Dürer or Cézanne into her compositions, Wylie tasks the viewer to seek them out and thus build connections between her work and the larger art historical canon.
Based out of Kent, England, Wylie received her formal training at the Folkestone & Dover School of Art, from which she graduated in 1956; she later went on to complete her MA at London’s Royal College of Art in 1981. The importance of her work has been increasingly recognized in recent years. In 2010, for example, was selected to represent the United Kingdom in the “Women to Watch” exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She has been an avid exhibitor of her work over the years. Recent showcases include “Film Notes” at Union Gallery, London (2010) and “Picture on the Wall” at Michael Janssen Gallery, Berlin (2011). Wylie’s work is also part of major permanent museum collections such as the Tate Britain in London and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.