A group of paintings on a wall in an art gallery.

Aug

23

Rose Olson: New Acquisitions

by Montserrat College of Art

Aug

23

Rose Olson: New Acquisitions

by Rose Olson: New Acquisitions

Date & Time

August 23

- September 30

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Organizer
Montserrat College of Art
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Venue
Founders Gallery at Montserrat
23 Essex Street
Beverly
, MA
01905
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About this Event

“I have always been interested in the color of almost anything. Even iridescent nail polish on the hands and feet of women riding the subway fascinates me. But I am especially excited by color created with changing light. I try to emulate hues in the moving sky, the sea and neon lights. The colors of nature, the colors of culture and many works of art inform my paintings.”

– Rose Olson

Rose Olson is a prolific and accomplished painter and Faculty Emeritus of Montserrat College of Art. The selection of work presented here, a generous family gift to the college made in 2022, spans from Olson’s early landscapes of the 1980s and abstractions of the 1990s to her later minimalist compositions using industrial plywood and liquid acrylics. In her more recent works, Olson added numerous layers of paint to create sumptuous surfaces that enhance the natural wood grain patterns as the painting builds in luminosity. Colors change as the viewer moves or the light shifts; hard edges and added color bands heighten the works’ spatial effects. Viewed together, the works in the exhibition illustrate Olson’s singular vision and eclecticism that has evolved over nearly four decades.