Kizi Spielmann Rose, Sun and a Tide Pool, 2017. Acrylic, oil pastel and oil stick on panel, 24 x 30 inches

Kizi Spielmann Rose, Sun and a Tide Pool, 2017. Acrylic, oil pastel and oil stick on panel, 24 x 30 inches

KIZI SPIELMANN ROSE, MFA '17, RBC Painting Competition Finalist 2017

From the RBC Painting Competition:
Kizi Spielmann Rose wil be a 2017 graduate of the MFA program at the University of Ottawa, for which he received a Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant. Sun and a Tide Pool employs oil stick over oil pastel, the scoring following a loose pattern of serpentine lines that run more-or-less parallel to one another and create the illusion of an undulating, illuminated surface. It illustrates his interest in one of painting’s fundamental dichotomies: the illusory potential of painted images to depict virtual light, space, and movement on the one hand, and the physical reality of pigment on a surface on the other. “My contribution to contemporary painting,” he writes, “involves a tightrope walk between process driven formalism and ambiguous illusionism. A history of abstract formalism is present in my work, but equally important is the evocative play of light across waves and the distortion of submerged forms beneath a liquid surface.”

The University of Ottawa Visual Arts Department congratulates Kizi on his nomination!