STEPHEN ROSE (1960 - )

A rope of garlic (Bunch of garlic)

Oil on gessoed panel 40.6 x 27.9cm; s. & d. 'Rose 13'

Handmade replica of our Spanish 17thC bolection moulding frame, painted

Overall framed size 52.7 x 40cm

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Another humble kitchen subject, garlic, like onions, surfaces in much earlier still life paintings, such as Luis Melendez’s striking Still life with bream, oranges and garlic, 1772, Prado. It creates a range of painting problems disproportional to its apparent mundane appearance: the papery skins, the shiny cloves like cream jade, the subtle range of colours, modulating from silvery white to pale fuchsia. Here, a twisted braid of garlic heads hangs against a vibrating, stone-coloured background, the white gesso base lending the latter a golden translucent glow from which the garlic stands out in solid sculptural globes.

Biographical details

Stephen Rose was born in 1960 in Rochford, Essex. His early life was spent in Sevenoaks, Kent .

He trained at Medway College of Art (1979-80), Cheltenham College of Art and Technology (1980-83) BA (Hons), The British School in Rome (1982)

He won a scholarship to attend The Royal Academy of Art (1983-86) R.A dip. 

In 1992 he was elected a Brother of the Art Workers Guild.

He has won numerous awards: The British Institute Award,1983, The Greenshield Painting Prize, The Royal Academy Painting Prize 1984,The Landseer scholarship 1985,The Richard Ford Traveling Scholarship,1986 (where he studied at the Prado, Madrid) The Royal Overseas League International Painting competition ,Travel Prize,1987 (travelling in Northern India) The RBA , Gordon Hulston Memorial Prize, 2010. 

His works also featured in the National  Portrait Gallery (BP portrait competition  1995).  

In 2001 he had his first one-man show at Target, in Munich. 

In 2005 he had a painting chosen from the RA Schools Alumni, by Border Poets, as a subject for an anthology of poetry, at the Martin’s Gallery, The Cheltenham Literary Festival.

His paintings have also been exhibited at the following: Burlington Fine Art; Art and Soul, Bonhams; The Spa Galleries, Tunbridge Wells; ICA, The Mall Galleries; Royal Society of Portrait Painters; The Royal Society of British Artists; Mark Mitchell paintings and drawings (including exhibition in 2013 The Hungry Eye); The Kent Painters group since 2006; Berkeley Fine Art Fair; Olympia Fine Art Fair and Sybilla Steadelmeyer Gallery Berlin.

 Clients include: Baroness  Alexandra Steinbeis von Bulow; Lee Childs (author); Amelie de Airault (former editor of photography French Vogue); Huawei Corporation China.

His paintings have appeared in the following Books:

Dear Christo: Memories of Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter, Timber Press 2010

Drawn from Paradise: Errol Fuller, Sir David Attenborough, Harper Collins 2012

Publications: How to paint in Oils, Winsor &  Newton , Search Press  2008.