Bio: Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Rosie McClelland is an honours graduate of Manchester Polytechnic, Faculty of Art and Design (1973) and studied Fashion Illustration at St Martin's School of Art, London from 1973 to 1974, when she was employed as designer by London Fashion Houses up to 1981.
During this period, Rosie lectured part-time in Design and Illustration in Birmingham Polytechnic, Hastings College of Further Education, Inner London Education Authority and the Paris School of Fashion, London.
From 1981-99 Rosie moved to to Frankfurt-am-Main, and continued fashion designing on free-lance basis. She painted and exhibited in and around Frankfurt area
While teaching art privately from own studio. In 1997 she became a member of Berufsverband Bildender Kunstler, (BBK) – a network of professional artists in Germany.
Rosie returned to Northern Ireland 1999 where she has remained to date, taking on part-time lecturing in Armagh College of Further and Higher Education, Newry and Kilkeel Institute of Further and Higher Education and private groups in Belfast.
Rosie has been exhibiting and selling her art for the last 30 years all over the world. Her work can be found in public and private collections in Germany, France, UK and Ireland.
Medium: Pastel; acrylic; oil
Subjects: Landscape; Portraits/figurative; Still life
Style: Representational. Rosie says: “With a background of fashion design and illustration it's not surprising that artists such as Matisse and Bonnard have been an inspiration and also, living for 18 years in Germany, the German Expressionists. More recently, however, I have been revisiting and learning from the older masters such as Caravaggio, Zurbaran and Goya.”
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