Jude Rose was born in Darwin, Northern Territory, and travelled the world before undertaking two years at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), and another year at Atelier Sornas, Paris. On her return to Australia she undertook further study at The National Art School, East Sydney Technical College, followed by year at the Julian Ashton Art School.
Known for her miniature naïve scenes that combine meticulous brushwork and her own distinct blend of magic and symbolic realism. Her work often has a dream-like quality reflecting on her, at-times, gypsy life-style living in South America, Europe and Asia. Her works contain an exhilarating use of colour in rich narratives of intriguing scenes and characters.
Jude Rose has acknowledged her major influences to include both Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera, amongst others, plus the cultures experienced first hand during her travels.
Jude Rose works in oil, drawing ink and limited edition hand-coloured relief printmaking. In 1982, her work was chosen for the Commonwealth Games swimsuit fabric for the Australian Swimming Team.
In her current work, Jude Rose explores our obsession with gardens, discovered as she describes, in my exploration in suburbia and the semi-rural areas around the greater Sydney region and beyond,.. early morning and late afternoon light captures best the contrast of warm sunlight on dark foliage. I´m fascinated by the perfect round and conical shapes, box hedges and sculptured forms found in gardens glimpsed off the streets that surround my house on the northern beaches.
Sometimes accidental objects, glimpsed on my walks, are juxtaposed against a garden view, or simple vases of flowers or bowls of fruit or other bits and pieces are viewed from inside a friends home and placed agains tthe garden back drop. These simple still-life´s represent our connection with our surroundings... becoming at one with the gardens or bodies of water seen beyond...
I strive to create an escape from mundanity, glimpses of secret hidden corners in which to venture and possibly find that intangible "something" we all seek...
Jude Rose has a very disciplined approach to her art practise, working in quick sketches capturing the immediacy of the scene as she finds inspiration in her meanderings around her neighbourhood. These rough sketches are worked up in oils allowing a spontaneous development that enables shapes to react with each other and, as Jude describes it, slowly, to take on a new life.
Colour form and light are Jude Rose´s guides in working her own distinct blend of naive semi-realism and magic. The Naïve work of Jude Rose is narrative, each work tells it´s own story and invites the viewer to enter the stillness and perceive her underlying message of environmental fragility that, in turn, reveals a disturbing vulnerablility in the virtual-world subsuming us today.
Private Collections: Europe, Asia, USA and Australia.
Artist of the Month: Jude Rose, Pittwater Online News, Issue 306 March 2017
Jude Rose: Alchemy Exhibition, Pittwater Online News, Issue 303 March 2017
Time out in the Illawarra, Illawarra Mercury, April 26 2014
Exhibition captures essence of Illawarra, Joshua Butler, Illawarra Mercury, March 14 2014
Artsite Galleries | 165 Salisbury Road Camperdown NSW 2050 | 02 80959678
11am - 5pm Wednesday - Sunday during Exhibitions or By Appointment