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Resolute : Recent Paintings
Robin ROSE   
November 13 - Dec 13, 2008

Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to present Resolute, an exhibition by the Washington D.C. based artist, Robin Rose. Rose has shown with Howard Scott Gallery  since 1985 and has been painting in the encaustic medium since 1978.  Rose says, "I find the rich experience of painting keeps getting deeper  and deeper. Just when I believe I have reached a terminus, I find a new  and perfect moment in which to reengage." The work has been called  masterly and mystical. The transcendental quality of Roses' work  resides in their enigmatic shifting of light and in the references to  nature embedded in multiple layers of pigmented wax. Resolute is a collection of new paintings drawing you deeper into the experience  of seeing. They offer the astute observer the opportunity to recognize  the cellular, the mineral, and the terrestrial forms of our world  trapped in an other-worldly microcosm of wax. They offer to stop time  and like insects caught in amber, offer a longer vision of time, place,  and personal history.

The  paintings are encaustic on linen on honeycomb aluminum panels. People  who are familiar with his work recognize a peculiar aspect not readily  seen in a momentary scan. These paintings glow from inside. It is  difficult to determine the thickness of weight of the actual encaustic  surface. Sometimes the surface is thin as porcelain and translucent as  jade. Sometimes the surface is dense and heavily charged with raw  pigment. Close observation of the work reveals that each painting is  created in an entirely different technique. Rose describes his method  of working as a 'trance state' where he invents and explores the nature  of each painting.

The  difficult medium of encaustic is often seen as more trouble than it is  worth: the fumes, the heat, the raw pigments are difficult to control.  The mutable nature of encaustic is both its strength and its weakness.  To truly know the medium requires years of experience. Rose has  invented a vocabulary of brush stroke, excavation, and melting of the  wax to build amazing and alluring surfaces. Paintings like these do not  happen overnight; years of commitment to the process, years of  persistent exploration of the medium has given Rose access to hidden  realms of the material mysteries necessary to produce this work.

Resolute is a description of Rose, his commitment to encaustic and his vision of  the ability of painting to communicate. He is steadfast, undaunted and  ardent. His paintings are housed in private and corporate collections  throughout Europe and the United States, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum of Art and the Phillips Collection.

(Thursday) November   13 - (Saturday) December 13 , 2008

Reception for the artist: Thursday, 13 November, six to eight p.m.

Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30pm to 6:00 p.m.


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