British artist, Rose Wylie finds visual material for her large-scale paintings in a wide range of sources: from art history, cinema and comic books, to daily observations, news and celebrity stories. Her images are often painted through the filter of her memory, using text to anchor recollections and facts and editing slippages in the compositions by overlaying new pieces of canvas, like a collage.
Imbued with wit and economy of line Wylie’s canvases are confident and energetic, proposing new perspectives on the world and the plethora of images in our cultural memory. Alongside plates of all paintings in the exhibition, this publication expands upon Wylie’s practice and presents images of additional paintings, works on paper and preparatory drawings from her new series based on Hyde Park in London.
This catalogue features an introductory text by curator Melissa Blanchflower, and writer Barry Schwabsky offers a dialogue on the nature and objectives of painting. Artists Tal R and Alvaro Barrington have written poetic responses to Wylie’s work, whilst Lynette Yiadom-Boakye contributes a fictional text set in Hyde Park, that take images in Wylie’s paintings.
Published to accompany her first institutional solo exhibition in London, Rose Wylie: Quack Quack at Serpentine Sackler, Serpentine Galleries, London (30 November 2017 – 4 February 2018).