London based painter Rosa Luetchford recently graduated from Wimbeldon College of Art with a degree in Fine Art Painting. Prior to this she studied at Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna.
Rosa's recent work comments on the forgotten female artists, throughout history to the present day. The idea of a woman as a muse for the source of creative inspiration is one that has been previously linked/associated/connected to serving the ‘greatness of a man’. Painting these women as artists in their own right raises them to equal status with the painter.
Rosa employs an academic style of painting that plays on the traditional depiction of the female subject. The imitative portrayal of the faces of the women is also a reference to icon paintings. Their hybrid bodies are conjoined from the waist up, allowing the women to be joined in symbiosis. The clash between these two painting forms is the meeting point between traditional and contemporary painting styles. The abstracted bodies allow for the manipulation of the narrative of the works. Although their bodies are united, their gazes are their own.