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Rosson Crown was born in Dallas, Texas in 1982. She studied art in New York where she began painting in her junior and senior year of undergrad. She studied in Paris before show moved to Los Angeles where she currently lives and works. Crow has gallery shows around the United States and also in Paris. She works on a large scale in oil, enamel, and acrylic. Rosson Crow works with places of former glory. She captures the feeling and energy of a space “as if capturing the moment after a party has ended” (whitecube). Crow has a very loose style of painting that enhances the theme of her work. Her vivid colors and elaborate strokes evoke a feeling of presence that lasts longer than a single moment. She’s not interested in the fuss. She paints in a couple big blocks of time, and leaves the piece be. Although she does plan her palette, she wants the spontaneity and energy to stay in tact.

Rosson Crown appreciates the classical and neoclassical work of western art. She paints with Baroque and Rococo influences, with an intention to be over the top. Many of the spaces she paints are those of the bourgeoisie. Old night clubs of L.A. and Paris in times gone by. She wants the viewer to be overwhelmed with a lingering presence. Crow paints without anthropomorphic imagery. She removes the figures to focus on the space. Even without figures, her paintings hold so much energy; the viewer still experiences a feeling of nostalgia. She is interested in “lost spaces” (Brooks) Crow takes inspiration from places she’s been. Not just on place, but a mixture of her experiences and her imagination. As she says in her interview with Kimberly Brooks, “I enjoy taking on these historic spaces that no longer exist and reviving them for my own purposes.” One of her favorite paintings is Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa. The influence of the dramatic nature and energy of this painting does show through in the work of her spaces.

Rosson Crow’s interest in spaces reminded me of Rirkrit Tiravanija. He also is interested in public space. Although he does focus on people, Tiravanija is also interested in the relationship between a space and the energy that occupies it. Like his apartment with many people passing through and leaving their mark, so to does Crow’s work show a development of space and energy throughout a period of time. Her actual style reminds me of Kentridge Cooper’s Felix in Exile. Her loose brush stroke leaves a ghostly image and feeling of a time period elapsed. This is similar to the idea of Cooper’s eraser marks through which Cooper leaves a ghostly presence behind as he deals with time in his work as well.

I was attracted to this artist because of her unique mix of classicism and history with modern themes. Her appreciation for time and history are showcased in a new way. She paints presence and feeling within a space. Her exemption of figures strengthens this theme as the viewer can see the lingering auras of what was there. It helps the viewer to understand her ideas and the energy of the space without being distracted by what brought about the energy. Her focus is on the energy and time itself. I would definitely recommend her work to a friend. It is a fresh and passionate idea that is also beautiful and unique to see.

A link to one of her works:

Rosson Crow, "Five Minutes Late and Two Bucks Short at the Cha Cha", 2007, Oil, enamel, spray paint, and acrylic on canvas, 90 x 132 inches:



Brooks, Kimberly. “A Night At The Palomino With Rosson Crow” The Huffington Post. March 29, 2008. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kimberly-brooks/a-night-at-the-palomino-w_b_93987.html.

“Rosson Crow.” London. http://www.whitecube.com/artists/rosson_crow

T.D. Neil, Jonathan, “Twenty-five Artists To Look Out For In 2007”, Art Review, March, Issue 9, p. 83. (article can also be seen at: http://www.nxtbook.com/dal/artreview/issue09/index.php?startpage=30)