Jean Melville Rose

 

Trained at Bath Academy of Art, Jean Melville Rose is a prolific painter of frescos and oils and has exhibited widely with solo exhibitions in Bath, London, Spain, U.S.A. and Mexico.

 

Lavender

buon fresco,

stucco lucido

42 x 34cm

 

 

 

 

Pomegranates

buon fresco,

stucco lucido

32 x 37cm

 

 

Bluebells in Blue Jug

buon fresco,

33 x 31cm

 

 

Canal Plants in Bath

buon fresco

47 x 37cm

 

 

 

Green Apples in a Bowl

buon fresco

40 x 47cm

 

 

Teasels & Foraged Plants

buon fresco,

stucco lucido

48 x 39cm

 

 

 

 

Trained at Bath Academy of Art, Jean Melville Rose is a prolific painter of frescoes in the true sense (buon fresco) as used by the Ancient Pompeians and many of her Still Life subjects retain broadly Classical influences such as Pompeian and Georgian vessels, bowls, and arrangements.

 

The ancient technique of fresco entails rapidly painted pigment onto wet plaster (in this case, overlaid on board), so that the colours penetrate the plaster and become fixed as it dries. Rose also then uses palette knives to press the paint into the plaster, adding texture and pattern. Sometimes an emulsion of lime powdered marble and wax is worked onto the surface of the painting once dry, and polished back, to give a slight sheen which preserves and adds lustre to the works. This technique is called ‘Stucco lucido’ referring to the play of light on the material.

 

Rose’s solo exhibitions since 1960s have shown in Bath, Cambridge, London, Madrid, California and Mexico. Rose’s work can be found in various public collections, including, Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles; Kettles Yard Museum, Cambridge. Notable private collectors include E.M.Forster; Vincent Price, amongst others.

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