Rose Umerlik’s work is abstract with a focus on form and line. Using these elements, she captures the emotion in human relationships or stories of aloneness. Her primary interest is in capturing the complexity of what it is to be human by mirroring that complexity in the interaction and layering of forms and lines in her work. Her larger works are done in oils, but she also creates smaller watercolors and small wood cut-outs.
Rose received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing arts, with strong influences from Stephen Zaima who impressed upon her the importance of one’s ability to self-evaluate, and the “work method”. The backbone of her studio practice is based on a strong work ethic and dedication to being present and honest with her work. Rose has had thirteen solo exhibitions in New England and has been included in numerous group exhibitions across the country and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in Art New England and Artscope. She has also published two books, Intimacy of Forms and Histories.
Among other awards, she has received a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts to participate in the Takt Kunstprojektraum Residency in Berlin, Germany; a fellowship to participate in the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Residency; and a Clowes Award to participate in a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She has also been a finalist for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s prestigious Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant. Umerlik lives in Jeffersonville, where she maintains a full-time studio practice.
Robert Paul Galleries is proud to show the works of American artist Rose Umerlik.