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"David Rosen: Shakespeare on Canvas"
2001-08-08 until 2001-09-04
Howell Green Fine Art Gallery
Topanga, CA, USA United States of America

From August 8th through September 4th, 2001, the Howell Green Fine Art Gallery is proud to present a very special must see exhibit of the work of David Rosen entitled, Shakespeare on Canvas. A reception in honor of the artist will be held on Sunday, August 12 from 1-4pm.

Born in Toronto, Canada in 1912, Rosen studied at Cooper Union Art School in New York City from 1930 to 1933. In 1936, he was employed in the pre-war Federal Arts Project in New York City where he worked in the Mural Division until 1941. During that time, he worked in the Siqueiros Art Workshop. It was there that, together with his friend Jackson Pollock, he experimented with new media and techniques. In 1945, Rosen moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. For thirteen years he continued to 'push the envelope' creating powerful expressionistic works that were exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and elsewhere.

Rosen was cited by the L.A. Times as 'one of the radical expressionists causing a furor in art circles,' he was also profiled in several art publications at the time. His work was honored in juried art shows at LACMA, the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts (where he took first prize) and others, too numerous to mention. Among his friends and contemporaries were Max Ernst, Paul Wonner, and Keith Finch.

In 1958, Rosen moved to Laguna Beach where he opened his own art gallery. He is now eighty-nine years old and resides in Lake Forest, California where he continues to paint. His work, featured at the Howell Green Gallery, includes a visual interpretation of Hamlet's soliloquy, 'To be or Not to be' a series of twenty-three powerful and graphic works and a sampling of his sixty-year career. David Rosen's portrayal of 'Hamlet' has been described as a 'tour du force!'

Recently, renowned Shakespearean actor, Derek Jacobi, wrote of Rosen's work: 'Look here upon this picture AND ON THIS. A powerful series of images. A totally original and evocative interpretation of his most famous question.'

The San Francisco Chronicle published a two-page article on Rosen?s work in 1962. In the article entitled, 'Hamlet Revisited,' art critic, Theodore Bredt declared: 'The artist Rosen marches into areas of subject matter where other, less personally assured artists of the contemporary scene would fear to tread. RosenNULLs paintings are interpretations, not illustrations. They are personal, and they are art.'

Bredt went on to say: The Howell Green Fine Art Gallery, located in the heart of Topanga, is owned and operated by Julie Howell, an art historian, and M. David Green, a collector of many years. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. David Rosen's exhibit runs through September 4. There will be a public reception for the artist on Sunday, August 12, from 1pm to 4pm.


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