This online presentation features a focused selection of works from Rose Wylie’s current solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), the artist’s first museum show in Belgium.

Installation view of the exhibition "Rose Wylie: picky people notice...," at S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, dated 2022.

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view of the exhibition "Rose Wylie: picky people notice...," at S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, dated 2022.

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view of the exhibition "Rose Wylie: picky people notice...," at S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, dated 2022.

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

“Just as for John Cage any sound could become music, for Rose Wylie anything could become the raw material of a kind of materialised wonder, an invitation to transform our fractured digital reality and the perforations of memory into a drawing or painting.”

—Philippe Van Cauteren, artistic director, S.M.A.K.

A painting by Rose Wylie, titled OUT NOW, GARDEN FLOWERS, Feb 5, 2022, dated 2022.

Rose Wylie

OUT NOW, GARDEN FLOWERS, Feb 5, 2022, 2022
Oil on canvas
60 1/2 x 72 1/4 inches (153.7 x 183.4 cm)

Among the works on view are a new group of paintings that were made in Wylie’s home, a seventeenth-century house in Kent, England, in 2022.

Often painting through the night and in different rooms of the house, Wylie approaches her medium in a manner that represents the solitude and confinement felt by so many.

A photo of the exterior view of Rose Wylie’s studio, dated 2019.

Exterior view of Rose Wylie’s studio, 2019. Photo by Tim Gutt

Exterior view of Rose Wylie’s studio, 2019. Photo by Tim Gutt

“January was hardly over when I saw these flowers coming out in the garden. As it seemed far too early, I thought I’d record this as a global warming declaration, and reached for my camera, paused, and decided a drawing would be more appropriate as I am a drawer and a painter.”

—Rose Wylie

A painting by Rose Wylie, titled OUT NOW, COW PARSLEY AND JAPONICA, Feb 5, 2022, dated 2022.

Rose Wylie

OUT NOW, COW PARSLEY AND JAPONICA, Feb 5, 2022, 2022
Oil on canvas in (2) two parts
Each panel: 60 1/4 x 72 inches (153 x 183 cm)

Drawing is an important aspect of Wylie’s practice—once she has selected an image or a topic, she typically makes numerous drawings on that theme as a kind of mnemonic exercise from which her paintings eventually emerge.

A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled My House Front, and Back, dated 2022.

Rose Wylie

My House Front, and Back, 2022
Coloured pencil
Overall: 14 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches (36.8 x 50.5 cm)
Framed: 19 7/8 x 25 1/2 inches (50.5 x 64.8 cm)
A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled Yellow Crown Imperial with More Flowers, circa 2003.

Rose Wylie

Yellow Crown Imperial with More Flowers, c. 2003
Felt pen on lined paper
11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (29.7 x 21 cm)
Framed: 17 x 13 3/4 inches (43.3 x 34.8 cm)
A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled Yellow Crown Imperial in Garden, circa 2003.

Rose Wylie

Yellow Crown Imperial in Garden, c. 2003
Felt pen on lined paper
11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (29.7 x 21 cm)
Framed: 17 x 13 5/8 inches (43.1 x 34.7 cm)
Installation view of the exhibition "Rose Wylie: picky people notice...," at S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, dated 2022.

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view of the exhibition "Rose Wylie: picky people notice...," at S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, dated 2022.

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view of the exhibition "Rose Wylie: picky people notice...," at S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, dated 2022.

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view of the exhibition "Rose Wylie: picky people notice...," at S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, dated 2022.

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

“The image is arrived at through many drawings, evolving from a process of observation, personality, and response: keeping something of the original subject, but hoping for a transformation into a poetic and especial ‘particular,’ free from conventional representation.”

—Rose Wylie

A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled Doodlebug with Black Border, dated 2022.

Rose Wylie

Doodlebug with Black Border, 2022
Oil, pencil, and collage on paper
23 1/4 x 33 1/8 inches (59.2 x 84 cm)
Framed: 28 7/8 x 38 5/8 inches (73.4 x 98.2 cm)

“The doodlebug is pretty universal. It stands in for a universal fear of something in the sky. It could include the medieval dragon, which like the doodlebug, had its flames attached… I like things that fly. But generally, it’s butterflies, birds, angels, bats…. But I think aeroplanes are hugely good as well.”

—Rose Wylie

Installation view of the exhibition "Rose Wylie: picky people notice...," at S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, dated 2022.

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view of the exhibition "Rose Wylie: picky people notice...," at S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, dated 2022.

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view of the exhibition "Rose Wylie: picky people notice...," at S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, dated 2022.

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view of the exhibition "Rose Wylie: picky people notice...," at S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, dated 2022.

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

Installation view, Rose Wylie: picky people notice...,, S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, 2022. Photo by Dirk Pauwels

An installation view of a painting by Rose Wylie, titled Red Doodlebug and Triple Pearls, dated 2022.

Rose Wylie

Red Doodlebug and Triple Pearls, 2022
Oil on canvas in (2) two parts
Left: 61 x 72 1/4 inches (155 x 183.5 cm)
Right: 61 1/8 x 72 1/2 inches (155.4 x 184 cm)
Overall: 61 1/8 x 144 3/4 inches (155.4 x 367.5 cm)
A painting by Rose Wylie, titled Polaroid Camera, Wind Blown Hair, dated 2022.

Rose Wylie

Polaroid Camera, Wind Blown Hair, 2022
Oil on canvas
61 1/2 x 72 1/4 inches (156.3 x 183.5 cm)
A work on paper by Rose Wylie, titled Black Hand, study for painting HAND, dated 2022.

Rose Wylie

Black Hand, study for painting HAND, 2022
Oil on paper
29 7/8 x 22 inches (75.8 x 55.8 cm)
Framed: 35 3/8 x 27 5/8 inches (90 x 70.1 cm)

Rose Wylie: picky people notice..., is on view at S.M.A.K., Ghent, through April 30, 2023

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