In conjuction with a display of her paintings at Tate Britain, artist Rose Wylie is in conversation with Cornelia Parker on her work, process and influences.
Rose Wylie (born 1934) makes large-scale paintings inspired by a wide range of visual culture. Her subject matter ranges from contemporary Egyptian Hajj wall paintings and Persian miniatures to films, news stories, celebrity gossip and her observation of daily life.
Often working from memory, she distils her subjects into succinct observations, using text to give additional emphasis to her recollections, and offering a wry commentary on contemporary culture.
The display of her paintings at Tate Britain includes a work that refers to the artist Mark Wallinger’s Sleeper 2004–5 where he roamed Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie dressed as a bear, and painting from her ongoing Film Notes series. These pay homage to film directors admired by Wylie including Werner Herzog, Carlos Reygadas and Quentin Tarantino.
Rose Wylie studied at Folkestone and Dover School of Art between 1952–6 and received an MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 1981. Selected solo exhibitions of her work include Woff Woff, Haugar Museum, Norway 2013; Henry, Thomas, Keith & Jack, Union Gallery, London 2013; Big Boys Sit in the Front, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, 2012; Picture on the Wall …, Michael Janssen Gallery, Berlin 2011; After Daphne, Rosenwald Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia; Rosemount, Regina Gallery, Moscow 2012; Film Notes, Union Gallery, London 2010. Selected group exhibition include Recent British Painting, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, 2012; EAST International, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, 2007, 2004, 1994 and John Moores Exhibiton, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1991.
Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997, Cornelia Parker is known for her installations and interventions. She has works in the Tate collection, MoMA NY, and in numerous public and private collections in Europe and the USA. She is currently exhibiting in GLASSTRESS: White Light/White Heat, the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia and in the 2nd Aichi Triennale, Japan.
Rose Wylie’s display is part of the series of BP Spotlights.