In an interview which appears on Finito World’s website this month prior to publication in the magazine, LMP founding partner Jeremy Levison talks about the importance of art to his life. From his passion for collecting art which started in the 1970s, Jeremy founded the idea of an office art gallery whilst at Collyer Bristow and how, when he established his own firm with Simon Pigott, he has used his collection to make the offices of Levison Meltzer Pigott a very special place to work. The latter is of particular interest to Finito World’s readership in its role as an employability news channel.
This work, entitled “Lawn Tennis” is a typically ebullient “Rose” painted in 1999. It is a large diptych, oil on canvas, measuring in total 346 X 183 cm. Jeremy saw it exhibited in the railway arches in a derelict part of Southwark. How times have changed.
Rose Wylie’s career has taken off spectacularly in recent years. Unknown ten years ago, Rose’s works have, in recent times, been exhibited at the Tate Gallery in London (solo show), the Serpentine Gallery, also in London (solo show), the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and many other galleries and museums both in this country and abroad.
In 2010 Rose was the only non-American artist represented in the “Women to Watch” exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.
In 2011 she won the Paul Hamlyn prize for visual arts.
In September 2014 she won the John Moores painting prize.
She was made a member of the Royal Academy in February 2015. In June of that year, she won the Charles Wollaston award for the most distinguished work at the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition.
Rose is, simply, a force of nature. Her large, vibrant, bold works are in complete contrast to her (tiny) stature. Extraordinarily, she paints now, as she always has done, in the attic of her 16th century cottage in Kent.
Her paintings are now sought by and contained in public and private collections throughout the world. She has recently been taken on by world famous art dealer David Zwirner. Her career is one of the great art success stories of the new millennium.
Rose is 84 years old!