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Amberlee Rosolowich, a recent graduate from San Francisco's Academy Of Art University, is having her first solo show at the Hespe Gallery this month.
Her oil paintings combine children and animals in intimate moments of play and leisure. With an illustrative and narrative quality, her works are simultaneously comforting and intriguing. Despite the childlike subject matter, Roslowich exhibits a more sophisticated and mature painting style. Aesthetically pleasing and emotionally accessible to both children and adults, the pieces will undoubtedly appeal to many.
in the artist's own words:
"My body of work has come from the darker side of a childhood; flipped into peculiar and fun times with the imaginary protection of an animal around. Fearful moments made brighter where Animals share an understanding of mindfulness, care, and secrets. These paintings of child moments are mixed and matched along with current ongoing stories, playfully using Animals to express emotions often hidden by humans.
As a child with a marine biologist studying mother, employed as a zookeeper, most often visiting was "weekends at work". I became fascinated early on as a constant observer of animal behavior, pockets full of doodles of zoo things, and playfully imagining these animals as my chit chat friends. With childish imagination, I spent much of my younger years pretending these animals would protect me in darker moments and could understand parts of my mind and heart. As a painter I have placed these moments into a lighter version of silly and playful quiet paintings.
Big Things, Little Packages:
With constant efforts to rescue, save, and have people be more aware how the human population mistreats abuses and overall undermines animals habitats and basic feelings. Haneously (sic) degrades them from things like shark fin soup massacres, to dog meat in Vietnam, rhinos who die for merely their horns, to tiger rugs in china, animals lose their freedom, suffer in immense unnecessary pain and die for criminal monetary gain every minute."
In House Hurricane:
By Your Side:
Jump (left) and Quiet Chatterbox (right):
Get Your Armor On:
Lunch Box Walk:
Hespe Gallery is showing “Comfort and Play”, an exhibition of oil paintings by Amberlee Rosolowich, from March 4th, 2010 through March 30, 2010
The following text is from Hespe gallery:
Amberlee Rosolowich hopes to bring an air of lightheartedness to her works, which explore the relationships that she herself had with animals as a child. Her paintings depict animals that one would see in an enclosure at the zoo alongside small children, who seem both fascinated and unbothered by the creatures’ presence.
The animals appear to have a guardian-like relationship with the children, watching over them so that each child is free to play without worry. This relationship can be clearly seen in a work such as “Kruger Comforts,” which portrays a rhinoceros standing guard over a young boy who is reading on the ground. The sheer mass of the rhino provides the boy with safety and refuge, yet the rhino appears to be dozing or daydreaming, acting as both a safeguard and a fantasy for the boy. Pieces like this reflect Rosolowich’s own childhood desires and memories, but also enable the viewer to tap into his or her own imagination and enjoy the whimsy of the work.
Rosolowich’s visible skill and technique also end up becoming equally important characters in her work. Her light, quick brushstrokes give both the figures and the space around them so much movement while still producing a sense of calm; her tactful use of negative space provides the viewer with an instant entry into a world where danger cannot enter and innocence is ever-present; and her carefully-placed splashes of color add to the overall playful feeling she generates with these pieces.
Although her works are inspired by a turbulent childhood, Rosolowich succeeds in creating a space where one can forget the perils of the outside world and return back to a time of youthful eagerness and curiosity. Amberlee Rosolowich received her BFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2009. She has been featured in S.F. Weekly and California Home and Design. This is her first solo exhibition.
Some of the shown pieces are already sold. To inquire about any of these pieces please contact:
251 Post Street, Suite 420
San Francisco, CA
all images and info courtesy of both Hespe gallery and the artist.