Many of my paintings reflect experiences, ideas and images that surface during the process of painting. The most valuable experiences are those when I’m surrounded by nature, where I drift out of an analytic state of mind and become more ‘present’, so I wanted to bring that into my paintings.
Influences on my painting style include Per Kirkby, Peter Doig, Kate Downie and the landscape paintings of Alex Katz, also Ukiyo E from early last century – Japanese prints which explored the nature of ephemeral or transient experience.
My previous work was more in the area of installation art, live art, 3D works or paintings that tended to have an audience, place or context in mind – in the process of painting it now feels more authentic to let things happen.
After graduating from art college in 1997 Rose Strang went on to post graduate studies in arts curation at St Andrew’s University. Previous to becoming a full-time artist she focussed mainly on arts curation and public art projects, but also kept up her practice as an artist, exhibiting in museums and galleries around the UK. Most recent exhibitions include the Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh, the McGregor Gallery, Glasgow, the North Berwick Gallery, Scotland, and she has also exhibited at the City Art Centre Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland, Brighton Museum and the Lighthouse, Brighton. She has also shown work in smaller galleries and exhibition/event spaces in Edinburgh, Berlin, Brighton and Birmingham. Upcoming exhibitions include the McGregor Gallery, Glasgow, and the Peter Potter Gallery, East Lothian, Scotland.