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SHADOWS OF DESIRE – Wagner Contemporary 31 August 2019 – 25 September 2019

Shadows of Desire

In recent work, Rosemary Valadon re-engages the still life tradition and the shadows cast by gender roles and stereotypes that upset the easy search for domestic bliss. Here an amazing table ensemble becomes a theatre set for an unsettling feminine eye, rendered with humour and suspended desire. Her new exhibition, Shadows of Desire, explores the artist’s studio with a deeply personal approach, bringing into focus meaningful objects that furnish Valadon’s life and work within the remote historic town of Hill End in central NSW. As stated by art critic, Bruce James, “Hill End offers Rosemary the perfect venue for this act of artistic revival”.  The artist also draws inspiration from her garden, which is renowned in the community for its fruit trees and rose beds, and from the region’s contrasting seasons and extreme climate. Although her work is strongly autobiographical, Valadon successfully tackles contemporary issues which underpin her experience and views on feminist identity, encompassing archetypes of women in society, stereotypes, mythology and iconic storytelling. Her symbolism reflects an ongoing preoccupation with classical artistic traditions and the role of nature in art, alongside juxtaposing iconography related to violence, death, sex and religion. WAGNER CONTEMPORARY, Hampden St, Paddington, NSW  •  T: 02 9360 6069  •  M: 0419 251 013 Tuesday-Sunday: 10:30am-6pm  •  Monday: by appointment E: Contact Us

Maitland Regional Art Gallery – ‘TEXTURES OF DESIRE’

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Rosemary Valadon 7 July Event jpeg

Please join me for the special events on Saturday 7th July.  Here are some of the works from the exhibition.

The Artist's Desk 2, 2018 oil on canvas 64 x 137cmThe Artists Desk 2 .jpg for web

 The Artist's Desk 1, 2018 oil on canvas 61 x 137cmThe Artist's Desk 1 jpg. for web

Studio Still Life, 77 x 91cmStudio Still Life 2018 for web

The full show can be seen on Wagner Contemporary's website:

Hope to see you there, Rosemary

‘Interiors’ group show Orange Regional Art Gallery, being launched Friday 13th April 6-8pm

I have two works in this exhibition, featuring my studio with objects collected over many years, with views to the garden.  'Studio looking North' looks towards the front fence with light coming from the french doors on the left.  'Studio looking West' shows the french doors, my cat Roman, and the garden .  Both these works are 106 x 137cm, oil on canvas, and will be part of my solo show at Wagner Contemporary, after the exhibition in Orange. Studio Looking North 2018 (for web)

Studio Looking North, 2018, oil on canvas 137 x 106cm

Studio Looking West 2018 (for web)

Studio Looking West, 2018, oil on canvas 137 x 106cm

40×40 show – Wagner Contemporary – opens Sat 18th November 4-6pm

I have painted a series of flower studies titled 'Ode to Margery'. These five works celebrate my Mother who passed away last year. Mum loved gardening, and these are some of her favourite flowers which I am growing in Hill End.
'Ode to Margery I' (s)Ode to Margery 1 Ode to Margery II (s)Ode to Margery 2 Ode to Margery III (s) Ode to Margery 3 Ode to Margery IV (s) Ode to Margery 4 Ode to Margery V (s)Ode to Margery 5 Please join us on Saturday 18th, 4-6pm, at the Gallery - Wagner Contemporary, 2 Hamden St, Paddington, for this final show of the year.  Friends and families welcome. All works are 40 x 40 cm. The exhibition showcases the following artists:
Min-Woo Bang, Dagmar Cyrulla, Melissa Egan, David Fairbairn, Sai-Wai Foo, Nick Hall, Mark Hislop, Marcella Kaspar, Deborah Marks, Kerry McInnis, Eleanor Millard, Christopher Orchard, Nick Stathopoulos, Neil Taylor, Rosemary Valadon, Judith White, Jo Young.


I am a finalist in the EMSLA (Eutick Memorial Still Life Award) which is opening on the 10th November and running until the 9th December.

The exhibition is now held at the Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong.

My work is titled 'Spring Tondo'.  Its oil on wood, 122cm x 122cm.


Anniversary show Wagner Contemporary, opens Sat 29th 3-5pm

I have four new works in this exhibition, along with some beautiful works by Dagmar Cyrulla, Robert Malherbe, Margaret Woodward and many others. I have enjoyed painting these new works very much - strange stories and a little bit of un-ease!

Midnight:You're so Vain 2017 copyMidnight, oil on canvas, 76 x 60cm

Piña Colada copyPina Colada, oil on canvas, 76 x 60cm

Catherine of AragonCatherine of Aragon, oil on canvas, 76 x 60cm

Dishabille 2017Dishabille, oil on canvas 76 x 60cm

ABC ARTS presents: Rosemary Valadon: A Sensual World – Re-screening on Sunday 9th April 2.17pm

I am delighted to announce the screening of a documentary on my life and art, on Tuesday 4th April, 10pm. Now being re-screened on Sunday 9th April 2.17pm, and available on iview. RValadon_631©Michael Wee shortened photo ABC Arts presents Creatives - A season of five half hour biopics on significant established and emerging Australian artists.Looks at the art and influences of a multi award-winning Australian painter whose work has reinterpreted a distinctly Australian femininity and domestic aesthetic. With a career spanning 35 years, Valadon has won the Portia Geach Portrait Prize, the Blake Religious Art Prize, and Muswellbrook Art Prize, among others. She has been a finalist in the Archibald Portrait Prize seven times. From her portraits of Germaine Greer, Ruth Cracknell and Noni Hazlehurst as archetypalfigures, to a fascination with female criminals from the 1940's that inspired a provocative series "Wicked Women" featuring paintings of author Tara Moss, Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen and actor Essie Davis as femme fatales, Valadon has recently moved to still life painting, capturing stunning images of lush abundance and classic still life imagery. Set against the dramatic change of seasons in regional NSW, this film is a portrait of a great contemporary Australian artist and the Hill End community that has been a deep source of strength and creative inspiration for her. Director: Larissa Behrendt, Pursekey Productions

A Sensual World – Country Style Magazine 2017

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Survey exhibition – Rosemary Valadon: A Sensual World. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. Opened by Tara Moss.

Details below or on the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery site here. valadonweb 1 APRIL – 8 MAY 2016 In the tradition of Grace Cossington Smith and Margaret Preston, Rosemary Valadon has reinterpreted a distinctly Australian femininity and domestic aesthetic. This timely survey looks at 25 years of Valadon’s work; from the Goddess, Finding the Feminine and Wicked Women series which reinterpret myths and stereotypes of women, to her latest large-scale still life panoramas that celebrate the rich experience of living in Hill End, where she has been based for over a decade. A Bathurst Regional Art Gallery exhibition