More Cooks! William Balthazar Rose is opening another one man show at the Brian Sinfield Gallery, 127 the Hill, Burford, Oxon OX18 4RE. Reception Sunday the 14th of September, from 11am - 4pm. Catalogue available.
The exhibition is the result of over two years of intense work, and includes several larger pieces, landscapes, cooks, figure studies, and the mysterious work 'The Wheel.'
Sansepolcro, the birthplace of Piero della Francesca has been the subject of several landscape studies. One of these is to be exhibited in the up and coming solo show at the Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford.
The one seen here, the painter gave to his wife in 2012.
Metaphysical painting including the work of Giorgio DeChirico and Giorgio Morandi had a major affect on Rose's painting from an early age. In the early 1980s Rose visited an exhibition of Morandi's paintings at the San Francisco MOMA. He subsequently wrote a review for 'Concrete Magazine' funded by the College of Environmental Design, Berkeley.
Rose has worked often as a still life painter, and has equally incorporated the metaphysical approach into his other paintings. While teaching at the university of California, Berkeley he gave a seminal lecture on the relationship between the metaphysical school of painters and the architect Aldo Rossi.
Piero della Francesca has been a leading influence on the contemporary painter William Balthazar Rose. Rose moved to Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, Umbria in 1997. Using the last of his savings he purchased a small flat with spectacular views high in the Tuscan/Umbrian hills. He used this flat to explore the landscape motifs of the area, and aimed to apply some of Piero's geometric skills to the landscape paintings he made. He worked often with the square as a proportion (a modernist tendency) though his approach to the painting was direct and naturalistic.
The painting 'Night' exhibited and later sold by the Brian Sinfield Gallery in Burford was sited by William Balthazar Rose as being a major predecesor for his current set of paintings which are soon to be exhibited at the Sinfield Gallery. It has been rumoured that an important museum in Britain has been interested in acquiring 'Night' or one of similar quality.
William Balthazar Rose started this painting in Italy several years ago. The rich quality of the painting is due to the several layers of paint which have been built up over a long period of time. Rose recently concluded the painting, and it is now on display in Cornwall. There may in fact also be the influence of the St. Ives painters on this work.
An important gallery in Cornwall recently acquired for sale eight paintings by William Balthazar Rose. Several have not been seen before. The artist's patrons have asked for a high level of discretion with these works
Two pieces were executed in Sansepolcro while the artist was living there. Both pay homage to Piero della Francesco, and both paintings are intimately linked to the city of Sansepolcro.
It is believed that the composition was derived from the 'Flagellation' by Piero della Francesca in the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino. It seems to represent Rose's continual concern with the abstraction of human actions.
Giorgio Morandi seems to have been the influence behind a painting by William Balthazar Rose recently sold by the S&D Gallery. William Balthazar Rose has been unavailable for comment, though he has been devoted to Morandi since he first saw a major retrospective of his work at the San Francisco MOMA while a student at Berkeley University. He reviewed the Morandi exhibition for 'Concrete' magazine (1981). Judging from the painting, cooks and bottles have apparent affinities.
S&D Gallery (Kensington) hosted two solo exhibitions (2013 and 2014) by William Balthazar Rose before announcing the gallery's relocation to Paris next year. The gallery near Kensington High Street, had a particularly good response to both shows.
Friday, April 4, 2014
William Balthazar Rose was awarded a prize at the opening reception for the 2014 Exhibition of the Bath Society of Artists at Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. William is a member of the society which recognized the painting 'The History of Imitation' with a stupendous prize. The exhibition is showing through the month of April. Critics and the public appear to be deeply enamored with this mysterious and exceptional work.
The artist when contacted said the painting evolved over several years and was influenced in part by 'The Hunt' by Paolo Uccello, and by his own visitation to forests in North America.