Installation view of Computer Car and Pink Girl, Like an Assyrian Dancer and Pink Clouds

Rose Wylie: Car and girls

David Zwirner is pleased to present new work by British artist Rose Wylie (b. 1934) in The Upper Room at the gallery’s London location. The exhibition will feature both two- and three-dimensional works, emphasising the interchange between painting and sculpture in the artist’s practice and highlighting the way in which her move into sculpture in recent years has enabled her to explore new perspectives on recurrent motifs. 

Wylie has become known for her uniquely recognisable, colourful, and exuberant compositions that at first glance appear aesthetically simplistic, not seeming to align with any discernible style or movement, but on closer inspection are revealed to be wittily observed and subtly sophisticated meditations on the nature of visual representation itself. While sculpture is a relatively new innovation in the artist’s body of work, introduced within the last five years, Wylie has long been interested in exploring perspectival and compositional strategies other than, and as well as, traditional Renaissance perspective, frequently making numerous iterations of a given theme or motif as a means of advancing her formal investigation. As curator Melissa Blanchflower has described, ‘Wylie ultimately selects the subjects of her paintings for their intrinsic value as images. She is interested in the collision of different forms.… This dispels any pre-conceived hierarchy between genres, subjects and scale. It is composition, colour, form and pace that connect [her works] … not their depicted subjects.’1

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Image: Installation view, Rose Wylie: Car and girls, David Zwirner, London, 2022

1 Melissa Blanchflower, ed., ‘Quack Quack, Ack Ack’, in Rose Wylie: Quack Quack. Exh. cat. (London: Serpentine Galleries, 2017), p. 28.

Dates
January 20February 19, 2022
Artist
A glazed ceramic by Rose Wylie, titled White Car, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

White Car, 2021
Glazed ceramic
18 1/8 x 57 7/8 x 1 7/8 inches (46 x 147 x 5 cm)
Edition of 9, 1 AP
Installation view of White Car, Red Girl (no face), and Red Girl (face) by Rose Wylie

Installation view, Rose Wylie: Car and girls, David Zwirner, London, 2022

 

Installation view, Rose Wylie: Car and girls, David Zwirner, London, 2022

 

Featuring both two- and three-dimensional works, this exhibition emphasizes the interchange between painting and sculpture in Rose Wylie’s practice. For the artist, working in three dimensions is a further act of translation from original image to painting to sculpture, extending her distinctive visual language into the viewer’s space.

Detail of Red Girl (face), 2020

Rose Wylie, Red Girl (face), 2020 (detail)

 

Rose Wylie, Red Girl (face), 2020 (detail)

 

A painted aluminum sculpture by Rose Wylie, titled Red Girl (no face), dated 2020.

Rose Wylie

Red Girl (no face), 2020
Painted aluminium
55 7/8 x 29 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches (142 x 75 x 18 cm)
Edition of 9, 1 AP
A sculpture by Rose Wylie, titled Red Girl (face), dated 2020.

Rose Wylie

Red Girl (face), 2020
Painted aluminium
59 x 31 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches (150 x 80 x 15 cm)
Edition of 9, 2 AP

“Several canvases quite often come together as a single work at a certain point in their realization. This may be the result of a chance meeting, side by side, on floor or wall. Something clicks, and a single painting develops into a diptych or a triptych.”
 
—Michael Glover, Rose Wylie: painting a noun …

A painting by Rose Wylie, titled Pink Girl, Like an Assyrian Dancer and Pink Clouds, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Pink Girl, Like an Assyrian Dancer and Pink Clouds, 2021
Oil on canvas in (2) two parts
Left canvas: 72 1/4 x 61 3/8 inches (183.5 x 156 cm)
Right canvas: 72 1/4 x 61 3/4 inches (183.5 x 157 cm)
Overall: 72 1/4 x 123 1/4 inches (183.5 x 313 cm)

“Recently I’ve been painting a woman I saw running down the hill with her dog on a leash behind her.… That pose reminded me of an Assyrian sculpture. The first painting I did of her, I didn’t have the leg right, so I did another one.”
 
—Rose Wylie, The Paris Review

Righthand detail of Pink Girl, Like an Assyrian Dancer and Pink Clouds, 2021

Rose Wylie, Pink Girl, Like an Assyrian Dancer and Pink Clouds, 2021 (detail)

Rose Wylie, Pink Girl, Like an Assyrian Dancer and Pink Clouds, 2021 (detail)

Detail of Pink Girl, Like an Assyrian Dancer and Pink Clouds, 2021

Rose Wylie, Pink Girl, Like an Assyrian Dancer and Pink Clouds, 2021 (detail)

 

Rose Wylie, Pink Girl, Like an Assyrian Dancer and Pink Clouds, 2021 (detail)

 

A painting by Rose Wylie, titled She Judges Her Best Look, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

She Judges Her Best Look, 2021
Oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches (183 x 152.5 cm)
Installation view of She Judges Her Best Look and Pineapple

Installation view, Rose Wylie: Car and girls, David Zwirner, London, 2022

 

Installation view, Rose Wylie: Car and girls, David Zwirner, London, 2022

 

A painted bronze sculpture by Rose Wylie, titled Pineapple, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Pineapple, 2021
Painted bronze
64 1/2 x 21 1/4 x 20 1/2 inches (163.8 x 54 x 52.1 cm)
Edition of 6, 2 AP
Zoomed in detail of the center of Pineapple, 2021 by Rose Wylie

Rose Wylie, Pineapple2021 (detail)

Rose Wylie, Pineapple2021 (detail)

Top detail of Pineapple, 2021 by Rose Wylie

Rose Wylie, Pineapple, 2021 (detail)

Rose Wylie, Pineapple, 2021 (detail)

A painting by Rose Wylie, titled Computer Car, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Computer Car, 2021
Oil on canvas
72 x 62 3/8 inches (183 x 158.5 cm)

“Images and characters are not only animated within individual paintings, but also evolve within space… Throughout the exhibition, motifs reoccur and themes, forms and colours expand, … creating movement akin to a filmstrip.”
 
—Hans Ulrich Obrist and Yana Peel, Rose Wylie: Quack Quack

A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled Isometric Car, Blue, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Isometric Car, Blue, 2021
Coloured pencil, pencil and collage on paper
11 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches (29.7 x 21.4 cm)
Framed: 13 5/8 x 16 7/8 inches (34.5 x 43.1 cm)
A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled Green Car with White Wheels, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Green Car with White Wheels, 2021
Coloured pencil, pencil and collage on paper
11 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches (30 x 21.6 cm)
Framed: 13 5/8 x 16 7/8 inches (34.5 x 43.1 cm)
Installation view of She Runs Down the Hill like an Assyrian Dancer and She Runs Down the Hill with Moon

Installation view, Rose Wylie: Car and girls, David Zwirner, London, 2022

 

Installation view, Rose Wylie: Car and girls, David Zwirner, London, 2022

 

A detail of She Runs Down the Hill like an Assyrian Dancer by Rose Wylie dated 2021

Rose Wylie, She Runs Down the Hill like an Assyrian Dancer, 2021 (detail)

Rose Wylie, She Runs Down the Hill like an Assyrian Dancer, 2021 (detail)

A detail of She Runs Down the Hill like an Assyrian Dancer by Rose Wylie dated 2021

Rose Wylie, She Runs Down the Hill like an Assyrian Dancer, 2021 (detail)

Rose Wylie, She Runs Down the Hill like an Assyrian Dancer, 2021 (detail)

“It is Rose’s use of collage that sets her apart. Rarely are we allowed to see into an artist’'s working, to see their ‘mistakes’ … but Rose exposes us to her decisions, right up to the point of release, a celebration of her process. Paper is laid over paper, canvas over canvas, sections crafted and reworked continuously, over and over, until satisfaction is found.”
 
—Russell Tovey, Rose Wylie: Let it Settle

A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled She Runs Down the Hill like an Assyrian Dancer, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

She Runs Down the Hill like an Assyrian Dancer, 2021
Coloured pencil, pencil, biro and collage on paper
8 3/4 x 17 inches (22.2 x 43.3 cm)
Framed: 22 x 14 inches (55.9 x 35.7 cm)

“She draws to achieve a certain likeness to the subject and then paints to achieve a certain likeness to the drawing… Her particular working methods allow for interpretations and reinterpretations that lend themselves to second thoughts, corrections, re-drawings and re-orderings so that there is a certain nonchalance present in the final work.”
 
—Clarrie Wallis, director of Turner Contemporary

 
A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled She Runs Down the Hill with Moon, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

She Runs Down the Hill with Moon, 2021
Oil, coloured pencil and collage on paper
36 3/8 x 23 5/8 inches (92.5 x 60 cm)
Framed: 41 7/8 x 29 1/8 inches (106.6 x 74.1 cm)
An oil on canvas painting in (2) two parts by Rose Wylie, titled Jazz Night Trio, Bartok, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Jazz Night Trio, Bartok, 2021
Oil on canvas in (2) two parts
Left canvas: 72 x 61 5/8 inches (183 x 156.5 cm)
Right canvas: 72 x 64 1/8 inches (183 x 163 cm)
Overall: 72 x 125 3/4 inches (183 x 319.5 cm)
Detail of Jazz Night Trio, Bartok, 2021

Rose Wylie, Jazz Night Trio, Bartok2021 (detail)

Rose Wylie, Jazz Night Trio, Bartok2021 (detail)

Upper right corner detail of Jazz Night Trio by Rose Wylie

Rose Wylie, Jazz Night Trio, Bartok, 2021 (detail)

Rose Wylie, Jazz Night Trio, Bartok, 2021 (detail)

“Subjects are often outlined in black or a dark colour and are frequently floating against areas of bare ground, sometimes enclosed in a border.… There is of course an element of the comedic in her work. This is achieved in part through the boldly schematic execution of her subjects, but also through the inclusion of devices associated with cartoons.”
 
—Ann Gallagher, curator

 

 

A sculpture by Rose Wylie, titled Grumpy Girl, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Grumpy Girl, 2021
Glazed ceramic
55 1/8 x 19 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches (140 x 48.9 x 4.3 cm)
Edition of 9
A sculpture by Rose Wylie, titled Liqueur Bottle, dated 2020.

Rose Wylie

Liqueur Bottle, 2020
Glazed ceramic
41 3/8 x 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches (105 x 45 x 45 cm)
Edition of 9, 1 AP
Upper detail of Grumpy Girl, 2021

Rose Wylie, Grumpy Girl2021 (detail)

Rose Wylie, Grumpy Girl2021 (detail)

Top detail of Liqueur Bottle, 2020 by Rose Wylie

Rose Wylie, Liqueur Bottle, 2020 (detail)

Rose Wylie, Liqueur Bottle, 2020 (detail)

“Like Philip Guston, to whom she’s often compared, [Wylie] engages with the aesthetics of cartoon, unashamedly ramping up certain figurative elements in her paintings.… ‘It’s breaking a rule, but it’s only the rule of proportion, a realist rule. That’s what I do.’ And in so doing, Wylie delivers something much more acutely observed.”
 
—Harriet Baker, Apollo Magazine

Installation view of Grumpy Girl and Jazz Night Trio, Bartok

Installation view, Rose Wylie: Car and girls, David Zwirner, London, 2022

 

Installation view, Rose Wylie: Car and girls, David Zwirner, London, 2022

 

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A glazed ceramic by Rose Wylie, titled White Car, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

White Car, 2021
Glazed ceramic
18 1/8 x 57 7/8 x 1 7/8 inches (46 x 147 x 5 cm)
Edition of 9, 1 AP
A painted aluminum sculpture by Rose Wylie, titled Red Girl (no face), dated 2020.

Rose Wylie

Red Girl (no face), 2020
Painted aluminium
55 7/8 x 29 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches (142 x 75 x 18 cm)
Edition of 9, 1 AP
A sculpture by Rose Wylie, titled Red Girl (face), dated 2020.

Rose Wylie

Red Girl (face), 2020
Painted aluminium
59 x 31 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches (150 x 80 x 15 cm)
Edition of 9, 2 AP
A painting by Rose Wylie, titled Pink Girl, Like an Assyrian Dancer and Pink Clouds, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Pink Girl, Like an Assyrian Dancer and Pink Clouds, 2021
Oil on canvas in (2) two parts
Left canvas: 72 1/4 x 61 3/8 inches (183.5 x 156 cm)
Right canvas: 72 1/4 x 61 3/4 inches (183.5 x 157 cm)
Overall: 72 1/4 x 123 1/4 inches (183.5 x 313 cm)
A painting by Rose Wylie, titled She Judges Her Best Look, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

She Judges Her Best Look, 2021
Oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches (183 x 152.5 cm)
A painted bronze sculpture by Rose Wylie, titled Pineapple, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Pineapple, 2021
Painted bronze
64 1/2 x 21 1/4 x 20 1/2 inches (163.8 x 54 x 52.1 cm)
Edition of 6, 2 AP
A painting by Rose Wylie, titled Computer Car, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Computer Car, 2021
Oil on canvas
72 x 62 3/8 inches (183 x 158.5 cm)
A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled Isometric Car, Blue, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Isometric Car, Blue, 2021
Coloured pencil, pencil and collage on paper
11 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches (29.7 x 21.4 cm)
Framed: 13 5/8 x 16 7/8 inches (34.5 x 43.1 cm)
A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled Parked Yellow Car with Shadow, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Parked Yellow Car with Shadow, 2021
Coloured pencil, pencil and collage on paper
11 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches (30.1 x 21.2 cm)
Framed: 13 5/8 x 16 7/8 inches (34.5 x 43.1 cm)
A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled Green Car with White Wheels, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Green Car with White Wheels, 2021
Coloured pencil, pencil and collage on paper
11 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches (30 x 21.6 cm)
Framed: 13 5/8 x 16 7/8 inches (34.5 x 43.1 cm)
A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled She Runs Down the Hill like an Assyrian Dancer, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

She Runs Down the Hill like an Assyrian Dancer, 2021
Coloured pencil, pencil, biro and collage on paper
8 3/4 x 17 inches (22.2 x 43.3 cm)
Framed: 22 x 14 inches (55.9 x 35.7 cm)
A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled She Runs Down the Hill with Moon, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

She Runs Down the Hill with Moon, 2021
Oil, coloured pencil and collage on paper
36 3/8 x 23 5/8 inches (92.5 x 60 cm)
Framed: 41 7/8 x 29 1/8 inches (106.6 x 74.1 cm)
An oil on canvas painting in (2) two parts by Rose Wylie, titled Jazz Night Trio, Bartok, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Jazz Night Trio, Bartok, 2021
Oil on canvas in (2) two parts
Left canvas: 72 x 61 5/8 inches (183 x 156.5 cm)
Right canvas: 72 x 64 1/8 inches (183 x 163 cm)
Overall: 72 x 125 3/4 inches (183 x 319.5 cm)
A sculpture by Rose Wylie, titled Grumpy Girl, dated 2021.

Rose Wylie

Grumpy Girl, 2021
Glazed ceramic
55 1/8 x 19 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches (140 x 48.9 x 4.3 cm)
Edition of 9
A sculpture by Rose Wylie, titled Liqueur Bottle, dated 2020.

Rose Wylie

Liqueur Bottle, 2020
Glazed ceramic
41 3/8 x 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches (105 x 45 x 45 cm)
Edition of 9, 1 AP

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