28 September, 2005

Rosalie Gascoigne

Rosalie Gascoigne is one of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists. She first exhibited her art in 1974 at the age of 57. Her career spanned 25 years during which time her work was exhibited widely both in Australia and internationally until her death in 1999. Four years after her first exhibition, she was the subject of a major survey exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, and four years after that she was chosen the represent Australia at the 1982 Venice Biennale.

press release - Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Gascoigne Estate, 2002
Rosalie Gascoigne, 2004
With her very distinctive and poetic assemblages of found objects, Rosalie Gascoigne is one of Australia's most accomplished visual artists. Now 81, Gascoigne came to art late in life (she gave her first exhibition at 57), but she says she's really been an artist all her life. Stephen Feneley spoke to Rosalie Gascoigne on the occasion of a major retrospective of her work at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Rosalie Gascoigne assembles abstract patterns and grids from natural and manufactured materials found in her surroundings. By using familiar objects such as sheets of corrugated iron, road signs, soft drink packing cases, bundles of sticks and floral linoleum, Gascoigne's simple designs evoke a sense of place through the associations which these materials have with the context from which they have been collected.


Australian Biography

Rosalie Gascoigne's hauntingly evocative visual depictions of the Australian landscape have rapidly propelled her into the spotlight of international fame. Yet until she was well into her fifties she was completely unknown as an artist. This program traces the experiences which shaped this complex and fascinating woman, from her difficult childhood in New Zealand to the heady acclaim that greeted her work when it finally came to the attention of those capable of recognising its special quality.

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