ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rose Magee is a British painter who moved to Germany in 2012, she is currently based in the vibrant city of Berlin. She attended art college and later trained as a tattooist which reflects in her style of painting.
After 5 years in the profession, she decided to retrain and is now pursuing an artistic career in the conservation of cultural heritage. She feels drawn by the art of the first half of the 20th Century. Working mainly with oil paint on canvas, Rose has showcased in independent Maltese and Berlin galleries.
Bachelor of Restoration and Conservation, University of Applied Science, Berlin
Tattoo artist, Worcester, England /
Extended certificate Art and Design, Worcestershire college
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Caro Berliner Art Gallery, Berlin
PPJ Art Studio and Gallery, Malta
Enter Art Foundation Pop-up Gallery, Bonn
Visible Light and Colour, Menier Gallery London
F37 Gallery, Berlin
WHAT PAINTING MEANS TO ME
When painting my eyes are drawn to contrasts, dramatic lighting and bold colours, oils with their richness and depth are the ultimate medium for this. Colours create atmosphere and the shapes breathe that in, resonating together on a canvas waiting patiently to be experienced. My creative process is sparked by a glimpse, the stolen intimate moment between a couple, the way a street light illuminates the leaves on a tree.
I am a British artist from a small city and nature reoccurs throughout my work, living and working in Berlin often tests my longing for a simpler slow paced life. The paintings often reflect this need through their subject matter, monochrome backgrounds or simple composition. Avoiding overstimulation is key and I try to achieve this by reducing the colour palette, lines and detail. The brushstrokes tend to be controlled and repeated to give my work continuity.
The core of my work looks to the essence of the first of the 20th century, the freedom of the unconscious that surrealism and cubism gave birth to. The aim is not to produce a direct translation of reality on the canvas but rather a impression of it, pure and ready for interpretation.