Australian Fine Artist

Rosie Weiss

Printmaker and Painter

Visiting Artist Talk at Chisholm TAFE

I am going to borrow from Rosie’s Bio for the introduction, as she comes with such great education and experiences.

Rosie Weiss is a Melbourne / Mornington Peninsula based artist & educator. In 1992 she won the Moet & Chandon Australian art Fellowship with a painting titled ‘lung’ a reaction to the chemical fire on Coode Island the same year. In 1996 she completed her Master of Arts at RMIT with ‘Intimate Patterns’, a body of work that examined our relationship with nature. She has exhibited in Australia, Asia & France over the past twenty years, and her work can be found in collections across Australia including The National gallery of Victoria, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Artbank and The National Gallery of Australia.

Rosie has a Masters in Art, a B.Ed and was awarded the prestigious Moet & Chandon Australian Art Fellowship in 1992. These are only some of her amazing accomplishments so I was very much looking forward to hearing her speak and seeing more of her work.

The slide show began with Rosie’s work from the 1980s. One success can change your whole outlook she said. For her it was a teacher catching her before she changed a plate for good and running a series from it himself, which was followed by a very helpful purchase from the AGV of one of the prints. I called this her “point of departure” as it looks like it was from here that things really took off.

From a beginnings in printmaking Rosie has built up a sizeable portfolio of work. Her interests from this beginning, to drawing, painting and mixed media bound up with her passion for the human form and the environment have resulted in some spectacular creations. She even spent time experimenting with photography whilst ill, which showed her considerable talent in composition spread to this medium as well.

Rosie has used wood as plates for printing and has produced some beautiful works on paper using ink washes in the background with white pencil line drawings from such simple things as parts of plants from her garden over the top.

The little things in the natural world invite her to draw and paint them. The roots of trees, the intertwined branches and lines of garden plants or leftover bits and pieces on the beach after a storm. All hold interest for her to use along with her imagination to create a unique artwork.

For Rosie, art has been not only her passion, but her healing as she recovered from a major illness. She has taught art and is a great communicator. Recently she returned to acrylics – enjoying the quick drying time they provide as well as working collaboratively with other artists. Her showing of some of her very private thoughts, fears and feelings written in a visual diary with sketches and little paintings, completed whilst very ill was not only revealing but I thought very brave.

Final Thoughts

For some of us, if not most, producing art can be a solitary thing. We may spend a lot of time in a studio with little or no contact and not a lot of feedback either. Sometimes, I think we may feel that we are the only ones going through hard times, illnesses and struggling to get ahead or noticed in the art world or even by any one. When we share like Rosie did today, we learn that we are not alone, others go through similar experiences. When we see that she worked her way through it, and she continued with her art, she still enjoys her art and is producing such outstanding results, we find it in ourselves to do so as well. Thanks Rosie for a fantastic talk!

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