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    Rose Garrard

    Models Triptych: Madonna Cascade

    Models Triptych: Madonna Cascade

  • About Rose Garrard

    Rose Garrard trained as a sculptor at Stourbirdge, Birmingham and Chelsea Schools of Art and was awarded a British Council Scholarship to the Ecole des Beaux Arts where she won the Prix d'Honneur Gold Medal for Sculpture in 1971. Her work extended into installation, multimedia, performance, video and audio pieces. For 30 years she recieved many further awards, curated group exhibitions and exhibited in major galleries, nationally and internationally.

    In 1988 Rose was seriously injured in a motorbike accident and had to give up lecturing, but to aid her recovery she undertook a series of four artists residencies as durational live-works or 'conversational pieces' in Britain and Canada, each lasting for one month. The Cornerhouse Gallery in Manchester mounted a major retrospective of her work in 1994, a year after which Rose moved her studio from London back to the Malvern Hills. In response to local newspaper appeals for ideas to help regenerate Great Malvern, she proposed 'The Spring Water Arts Project', the creation of a new sculpture trail to reclaim lost spring sites throughout the town. In 1997 she undertook a two-month artist's residency there and was commissioned to create two spring-water sculptures to mark the town centre. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to research, promote and help raise funding for the restoration of another 18 spring-water sites around the Malvern Hills.

    Models Triptych: Madonna Cascade [1982]
    Fresco panel on wood, acrylic paint; panel 61 x 92 cms, cascade 122 x 61 cms
    Donated by the artist 1992

    This work was shown in the New Art exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1983 as one of the three works in the Models Triptych. It is concerned with examining role models that are imposed on women and those that are hidden from them. The panel is framed by figures of the Madonna that cascade down to the floor, while the painting itself represents a self-portrait by the Dutch painter Judith Leyster (1609-60) who worked in Haarlem and was probably a pupil of Frans Hals.