Rose Wylie

British artist Rose Wylie has become known for her uniquely recognizable, colorful, and exuberant compositions. Her imagery on first glance appears aesthetically simplistic, not seeming to align with any discernible style or movement. On closer inspection, however, the works reveal themselves as wittily observed and subtly sophisticated meditations on the nature of visual representation itself.

Image credit: Joe McGorty, 2017


Rose Wylie was born in Kent, UK in 1934. After studying at the Folkestone and Dover School of Art in Kent, UK, the artist graduated from the Royal College of Art in London, UK in 1981. 

The first solo exhibition of Wylie’s work took place in 1985 at the Trinity Arts Centre in Kent, UK. Other solo presentations of the artist’s work have taken place at: the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2012); Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, England (2012); Tate Britain in London, UK (2013); Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum in Tønsberg, Norway (2013); Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg in Germany (2014); Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin, Ireland (2015); Space K in Seoul, South Korea (2016); Chapter in Cardiff, UK (2016); Turner Contemporary in Margate, UK (2016); Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, UK (2017); Plymouth Arts Centre and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art in Plymouth, UK, an exhibition that traveled to Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Cornwall, UK; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga in Spain (2018); and The Gallery at Windsor in Vero Beach, Florida (2020); among others.

Wylie’s first solo museum presentation in the United States, Rose Wylie: where i am and was, was on view at the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado in 2020. Also that year, the solo exhibition Hullo Hullo Following-on was on view at the Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul, South Korea before traveling to Aram Nuri Arts Center in Goyang, South Korea. In 2021, a solo exhibition of the artist’s work was on view at the Museum Langmatt in Baden, Switzerland.

Wylie is the recipient of the John Moores Painting Prize, presented by the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2014). The artist was also elected as a Senior Royal Academician. In 2015, Wylie received the Royal Academy of Arts’ Charles Wollaston Award. In 2018, Wylie was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to art.

Wylie’s work can be found in prominent collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, including: the Arario Museum in Seoul, South Korea; the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California; the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Space K in Seoul, South Korea; Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg in Germany; Tate in London, UK; and Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, UK.

Wylie's work has been represented by David Zwirner since 2017. The artist’s first exhibition at David Zwirner, London, Horse, Bird, Cat, was held in 2016. A second solo presentation, Lolita's House, was on view in 2018. Wylie’s third solo presentation with the gallery, painting a noun…, was on view in Hong Kong, China in 2020. Which One, the artist’s first solo presentation at David Zwirner’s New York location, took place in 2021. The artist’s solo exhibition Car and girls took place at David Zwirner, London in 2022. 

Wylie lives and works in Kent, England.

Image credit: Tim Gutt, 2020