Rose Wylie

Rose Wylie Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Acclaimed British artist Rose Wylie (born 1934, UK) creates paintings of visually compelling images that she encounters on a day-to-day basis, finding inspiration in a variety of sources, from art history, cinema, comic books and the natural world to verbal anecdotes, news and celebrity stories. These might include a scene from Quentin Tarantino’s iconic Kill Bill films, a self-portrait of Wylie eating a chocolate biscuit or an olive oil label. Her vibrant, large-scale canvases will fill the walls of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

The exhibition includes paintings and works on paper dating from the late 1990s to the present day – some never previously exhibited. A new painting, made especially for the Sackler show, is based on her memories of living close to Kensington Gardens as a child for a short period during the Blitz. Wylie maps the landscape of the park – the lake, the historic building and Zaha Hadid extension that form the present-day Sackler Gallery, as well as the dogs, ducks and inhabitants of the park – with her memories of spitfires and Messerschmitt planes fighting overhead.

Wylie’s images are often painted through the filter of her memory, using text to enhance facts and recollections in her compositions and overlaying new pieces of canvas, like a collage. Instilled with wit, her paintings are confident, animated and energetic, proposing new perspectives on the world and the plethora of images that make up our collective cultural memory.


Duration 30 November 2017 - 04 February 2018
Times Open 10am - 6pm, Tuesday - Sunday, plus bank holidays.
Cost Free
Venue Serpentine North Gallery
Address West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 2AAR
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