GOMA Gallery of Modern Art Waterford is delighted to invite you to the opening reception of Retrospective: 1923-2019 by Rosemary Higbee on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7 PM. (The exhibition will run from Wednesday, October 16th until Saturday, November 16th.)
Rosemary Higbee was born in India in 1923. She lived in England throughout World War Two and studied at the famed Chelsea School of Art. She moved to Ireland in 1973, lecturing in art in Waterford. Her family had originally come from Gracedieu in Waterford.
Rosemary’s early years in India had influenced her palette and her work belongs to the great colourist tendency of early twentieth-century art, standing alongside her contemporaries Howard Hodgkin and Patrick Heron.
Influenced by the work of Picasso, Braque, Matisse and Bonnard, Higbee used brushes, palette knives and fingers to create her work. Imagine Arts Festival is pleased to introduce a retrospective of Rosemary Higbee’s work.
“At the end of the Second World War several great exhibitions, including the works of Picasso, Matisse and Bonnard, came from Paris to London. These were stunning exhibitions, opening up completely new horizons in the rather torpid and academic London Art World. I was, along with many others, quite bowled over and these great artists naturally influenced my own work. My early Still Life paintings show the influence of the great colourists Matisse and Bonnard. Persian miniatures with their glowing colours also contributed.
I have a great love for Braque, and his work made a huge impression on me, as did the later work of Victor Passmore. I also admire the paintings of Patrick Heron and Howard Hodgkin. This explains why I appear to have two very separate types of painting – my more muted and monochrome work relying on a variety of texture and line, and the flatter, simpler work that explores bright colour.”