The floor of Rose Wylie’s studio in Kent, England, is covered with newspapers—source material for her art, which references films, celebrities, athletes, news stories, and renaissance paintings without hierarchy, but often through the filter of her own memory.
In this new series of hand-finished editioned prints, Wylie re-examines her personal history while experimenting with varying ways to intervene on each unique work using oils, watercolors, and colored pencils.
These large-scale prints are based on one of her original pages from Clothes I Wore, a collection of drawings and collages depicting the artist’s memorable garments, along with objects from her personal life: Victorian spoons, say, or her cat Pete.
Much like her breakthrough Glamour Girl paintings, these editions render the private in a public manner. As Wylie has said, “a diary can become history if better known.”
This online presentation debuts in parallel with the artist's solo exhibition at the gallery in Hong Kong. Rose Wylie: painting a noun… is on view through Saturday, February 22.
Image: Rose Wylie working in her studio, 2020. Photo by Tim Gutt