Tuesday, July 26, 2011
In 1972 at an art street bazaar in Los Angeles, a shy young artist, entirely self-taught, displayed her first two oil paintings. Within six months she achieved national acclaim. Those of you who may not recognize her name will recognize her style. By 1976 she had become the most published artist in the world eclipsing such legendary artists as Norman Rockwell and Salvadore Dali. Her published works sold in the millions - more than any other artist dead or alive. Thus, it is said that she met with historical notoriety and overnight success. At the age of 25, Rosamond was a major player in the art world, and one of few women ever to succeed in it.
Rosamond's next step was to form her own publishing and distribution company in order to have greater control of her artistic decisions. Soon after the first lithographs were published under her own company, Rosamond spent four months in Paris where she completed four new lithographs with the prestigious Atelier Mourlot. These Parisian works are still available and titledThe Observations Suite.Since 1974 Rosamond has published over 40 limited editions and the plan is to continue to publish the late artist's works. Her paintings, noted for their negative space, economy of line and purity of subject matter immediately struck a chord with the public. The portraits, while often serene, evoke a deeper response from the viewer. Her style provides the opportunity in each piece for the viewer to create from their own experience.Many of those who have known Rosamond have recounted their memories of the artist whose eyes sparkled with candor, tenderness, wit and vision. What emerges from these recounted memories is a profile of a compassionate individual with a child-like spirit, who had overcome her challenges and created from the heart.The home of Rosamond's creations remains in her gallery, Rosamond & Company, Carmel, California. Here you will find a remarkable collection of originals and limited editions that hallmark this artist's career.
On March 26, 1994 the world lost this treasured artist on the rocky coast of the Pacific Ocean. Rosamond's artistic legacy is preserved forever in her works, which eloquently express the essence of the feminine spirit. Rosamond launched a career that remains as dynamic today as it was in 1972. There is something in their eyes, a depth that leaves the viewer wanting to know more... more about the image, the artistry, and the artist. Christine Rosamond painted women, often a vision of herself, possibly because she understood them best, yet perhaps to understand them better.
A disagreeable childhood and a closeted talent manifested early in the kind of art presumed ripe for street fairs, yet quickly was discovered by a publisher who would expose the young artist's paintings to the world. By the early 1970's, Rosamond's work became a household image, selling by the millions as posters, limited editions and original art. At the time, she was branded the "most published artist in the world." "Rosamond prints launched many galleries that are still in business today," said Stacey Peirrot, who now publishes her work. "Her artwork crystallized the emergence of women from their traditional roles. She expressed herself as she was evolving as a woman or individual; perhaps she was surprised to realize that American society was evolving along with her." Early achievement in the art world where few succeed, enabled Roasmond to focus on her art. Developing a style an imagery that would belie her own personal struggles with significance and success, she reached a diverse audience that seemed to identify with her work. Her use of negative space became her signature, inviting viewers to participate in the painting by requiring their own completion or resolution of the image.
As she matured, so did her art. Colors deepened, images aged gracefully and compositions took on the responsibilities of family, career and personal fulfillment in keeping with Rosamond's own evolution. In March 1994, at the height of her career, Rosamond was swept from her success story by a rogue wave off the Big Sur coast as she wandered the tidepools with her sister and then eight-year old daughter. Her sister saved the child. Rosamond drowned. She was 46. Six years later, Rosamond Gallery is enjoying unprecedented success in honor and memory of an artist whose images and intentions live on through her work. Producing museum-quality, hand printed graphics, Rosamond Publishing releases no more than three limited editions per year. Her originals are reserved for exhibition.
"In 1979, her paintings sold in the $5,000 to $10,000 range; today they command as much as $100,000," said Stacey Pierrot, Rosamond's one-time assistant who has since purchased the enterprise Rosamond taught her to operate. "Christine was a true professional, deeply devoted to her craft. I respect and am inspired by the power of her example." Born in Oakland and raised in Los Angeles, Rosamond spent her last 15 years on the Monterey Peninsula, where her life and artistry took root and blossomed. Although her work is represented in more than 40 galleries across the country, it is here, in the Carmel gallery that each new release is unveiled before distribution.Pierrot brings Rosamond as both legend and legacy into the new Millenium. She is releasing a diversity of media for which the artist is known; including pencil sketches, oil, watercolor and acrylic, as well as the introduction of original textile designs.