Travelling the remote northern coastlines of Scotland and more recently the panoramic, rugged lands of Orkney, drives Rosanne to capture dramatic seas, ever-changing skies, busy harbours and secluded bays.
Rosanne paints instinctively; the canvas becomes the palette and each painting an experiment. Using large brushes she swiftly creates an emotive sense of movement and colour in sea, sky and land.
“bold brushed landscapes, deftly mixing realism, impressionism, and a dash of the Colourists. Always inspired by Scotland’s landscapes”. [The Herald ]
Rosanne Barr was born in 1981 in the village of Gartocharn at the south end of Loch Lomond. She has been a professional artist since graduating with First Class Honours from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2003.
The 2009 Barclays TSB Jolomo Foundation brought wider attention, as Rosanne was short-listed for the final exhibition from an entry of eighty. Following this success Rosanne was offered a solo show at the Annan Gallery (2011) and a number of group exhibitions in London, Red Rag Gallery in Bath and The Wren Gallery in Oxford.
Independently she has received invitations to appear with leading galleries across the UK , with annual solo shows in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. Rosanne’s work has been selected for the RGI and Paisley Art Institue’s annual shows. Her paintings are in numerous private collections including Dubai, New Zeeland, USA, Thailand and Canada.
In 2012 Rosanne was selected by a panel in the USA to be the International Artist at the annual Great Gulf Arts Festival. This included giving lectures and demos to students, staff and the community in local schools and the State University, as well as exhibiting her Scottish landscapes to the 120,000 festival goers.
In September 2013 Rosanne was featured in Vogue magazine;
“Rosanne Barr sets the tone for a new generation of Scottish Landscape Artists. Colour and movement, dramatic skies and evocative foregrounds reveal nature’s wildest coastline.’”Vogue Sept 2013
In 2014 Rosanne was awarded the GSWA Blythswood Square Quaich at the Lillie Art Gallery.
In the summer of 2017 Rosanne was selected participate in the third ‘Colour Island’ Biennalle in San Antioco, Sardinia. This residency included television interviews and live painting demonstrations alongside another ten European artists on one of the Island’s stunning local beaches.
Rosanne was recently elected Vice President of GSWA and now lives in Milngavie where she continues to paint in oil in her studio at the gateway to the West Highland Way.