Celebrated British painter Rose Wylie has been honored with an OBE in the Queen’s annual Birthday List. Established over a century ago, the prestigious award stands for Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and rewards outstanding contributions to the nation in categories including the arts and sciences, charitable work, and public service. Wylie receives a medal in recognition of her unique artistic practice, which draws on cultural areas such as film, fashion, literature, mythology, the news, and people she meets to create colorful, exuberant compositions that often merge socio-political and autobiographical elements.
The past year has seen a number of critically acclaimed solo exhibitions of Wylie’s work."The freedom and courage of Rose Wylie shows a way forward for painting in this century," read The Guardian’s review of Quack Quack at the Serpentine gallery in November. History Painting: Rose Wylie, which made its debut at Plymouth Arts Centre and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art during Lolita’s House, the artist’s second solo exhibition at David Zwirner in London, has just opened at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Cornwall. Marking the first-ever museum presentation of the artist’s work in Spain, Rose Wylie: Hullo, Hullo . . . is on view at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) in Málaga through September 9th. Wylie’s painting African Barber Shop Sign (2016) is included in the 250th Anniversary Summer Exhibition, which has just opened at The Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Cover Image: Rose Wylie, 2017 (detail). Photo by Joe McGorty.