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Rose Olson: New Acquisitions

Founders Gallery

July 17, 2023 - September 30, 2023

Gallery Hours
Open to Montserrat community M-F, 10am-5pm or by appointment: [email protected]

“I have always been interested in the color of almost anything. Even iridescent nail polish on the hands and feet of women riding the subway fascinates me. But I am especially excited by color created with changing light. I try to emulate hues in the moving sky, the sea and neon lights. The colors of nature, the colors of culture and many works of art inform my paintings.”                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                   – Rose Olson    


Rose Olson is a prolific and accomplished painter and Faculty Emeritus of Montserrat College of Art. The selection of work presented here, a generous family gift to the college made in 2022, spans from Olson’s early landscapes of the 1980s and abstractions of the 1990s to her later minimalist compositions using industrial plywood and liquid acrylics. In her more recent works, Olson added numerous layers of paint to create sumptuous surfaces that enhance the natural wood grain patterns as the painting builds in luminosity. Colors change as the viewer moves or the light shifts; hard edges and added color bands heighten the works’ spatial effects.  Viewed together, the works in the exhibition illustrate Olson’s singular vision and eclecticism that has evolved over nearly four decades.