From 29 March to 30 May 2018, award-winning British painter Rose Wylie was the subject of ‘History Painting’, a new multi-site exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, featuring a cycle of new work about the Mayflower voyage, created for this exhibition between 2015 and 2017. These paintings draw on the artist’s memories of first learning about the Pilgrims as a young child in the 1930s, and reflect on how interpretations of history change across the ages.
To find out more about her new series of work, we sat down for a chat with painter, Rose Wylie – watch it now above.
Filmed and edited by Round One Films Ltd – run by BA (Hons) Film alumni Robert Marshall and Aden Barwick.
“History Painting by Rose Wylie is the most eye tingling, heart singingly, utterly delightful exhibition and it's here in Plymouth! So much verve, vitality, rawness...” — Dr Sarah Chapman
“Big thoughtful subjects presented with sheer joy!” — Blair Todd
With past exhibitions at Tate Britain and Serpentine Galleries, Wylie is best known for creating colourful, large-scale, figurative paintings that are intelligent, funny, and quietly political. These are often made from memory and draw on a wide range of cultural references from history, fashion, and Hollywood to mythology, news imagery, sports and literature.
The common thread linking these fields is her interest in how images evolve and accumulate meaning, becoming familiar, iconic and part of the narrative of art, popular culture and wider history.