Approved: 10.08.2008

Rosie Lesso

Artist, Critic, Gallery educator

Approved: 10.08.2008

The primary concern in my work is the tension between the natural and industrial environment, which I have explored in a variety of mediums, but with a particular interested in drawing. My drawings explore the boundaries between realism and abstraction through experimental, deconstructive techniques. They fluctuate between mechanical and expressive imagery and mark making and suggest biomorphic forms

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Activities: Participatory projects, Critical writing, Gallery education
  • Categories: Book Works, Drawing, Performance, Public Art
 

Biography

The primary concern in my work is the tension between the natural and industrial environment, which I have explored in a variety of mediums, but with a particular interested in drawing. My drawings explore the boundaries between realism and abstraction through experimental, deconstructive techniques. They fluctuate between mechanical and expressive imagery and mark making and suggest biomorphic forms or the sprawling detritus of barren landscapes. I have also made a number of large format drawings on location which have begun and ended in the exhibition space but never fully reach a point of resolution, instead acting as open ended performances. These drawings grew and evolved without planned outcome but explored open, empty space and floating graphic language. This interest in a graphic, black and white language has also been explored in a series of outdoor interventions in which alternative road or street signs respond to specific rural or urban locations.

CV & Education

Education

2004 - MA Contemporary Art and Art Theory, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

2002 - 2:1 BA (hons) Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh 

Solo exhibitions

2015 - Drawing on Nature (two person with Jana Emburey), House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

2011 - Black Matter, Totalkunst, Edinburgh

2004 - Voyages, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh

Group Exhibitions

2015 - House for an Art Lover Christmas Exhibition, Glasgow

2015 - The Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2014 - The Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2013 - Book of Fate, Cupar Arts Festival, Cupar Library, Cupar

2013 - Borders, The Edinburgh Iranian Art Festival, Arts Complex, Edinburgh

2013 - Drawing a Line, North Light Arts Festival, McArthur's Store, Dunbar

2013 - The Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2012 - Evaluation of Space, Rochester Art Gallery, Kent

2012 - Outside In, The Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2012 - River Crossings, Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington, East Lothian

2012 - Sky Bound, North Light Festival, Dunbar, East Lothian

2012 - Zones, Annuale Festival for Independent Practice, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

2011 - Our Place, Streetland Festival, Glasgow

2011 - Salon Vert, The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

2011 - The Outsiders, Cupar Arts Festival, Cupar

2010 - Anonymous Drawings No 10, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

2010 - Aspects of a City: The Streetwalker, Annuale Festival for Independent Practice, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

2010 - Green View, Limousine Bull Artists' Collective, Aberdeen

2010 - The Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2009 - Juteopolis, The Vision Building, Dundee

2009 - Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2009 - Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, The Vision Building, Dundee

2009 - The Aspect Painting Prize Exhibition, Paisley Museums and Galleries, Glasgow

2009 - Visual Arts Scotland Members Exhibition, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries

2008 - A Hunger for the Alternative Draws on the Past, Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare

2008 - Postcards, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

2008 - Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2008 - The Coma Lounge, Artprojx Space, London

2008 - The Scottish National Art Competition, Kinblethmont Gallery, Arbroath

2008 - Thinking Space, Bridge View Gallery, Aberdeen

2007 - Paisley Drawing Prize Exhibition, Paisley Museums and Galleries, Glasgow

2007 - Piracy, Limousine Bull Artists' Collective, Aberdeen

2007 - Textual Healing, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

2007 - Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 

Awards

2008 - Shortlisted for the Scottish National Art Competition, Angus College, Scotland

2007 - Paisley Drawing Prize, Paisley Museums and Galleries, Glasgow

2005 - New Writing Scotland Award, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh