Sublime representations of women and girls explore ideas of beauty in portraits by Rosso Emerald Crimson



#Oil painting

March 19, 2021

Grace Ebert

“You should better be good” (2021), oil on wood, 36 x 36 centimeters. All images © Rosso Emerald Crimson, shared with permission

The London-based artist lives in her exquisite portrait painting Rosso Emerald Crimson renders feminine motifs created by a haze of pastel colors and muted tones. She fills the dreamy oil paintings with answers to current affairs and questions about the future, which often serve as a catalyst for her projects. “I don’t specifically think about political or ethical issues while painting, although my creative flow is undoubtedly driven by the impressions and emotions that many global events subconsciously leave behind,” she tells Colossal. Racial justice issues and the unrealistic portrayal of beauty have both played a role in their most recent works, including the compelling portrait of a young black girl entitled “What Are We Waiting For?”

In general, these are people Rosso has a relationship with or someone she has noticed even though she has expanded her scope to include models she has never met in order to adapt to pandemic restrictions. The artist often depicts the women and girls staring forward with non-smiling expressions. “I am enchanted by the diversity of people that makes us really beautiful,” she says.

While in London, you can see Rosso’s paintings, which are part of an exhibition celebrating Women’s History Month Zebra One Gallery until March 31st. She will also see pieces at Southbank Center this summer and a solo exhibition Chrome Art Gallery in November. Prints and originals are available in her shop, and you can see work in progress on Instagram.

“Zauberin” (2020), oil on canvas, 25 x 18 centimeters

“Oyin” (2020), oil on aluminum, 24 x 18 centimeters

“Tenderly Layla” (2020), oil on aluminum, 20 x 15 centimeters

Left: “Flora” (2020), oil on aluminum, 65 x 50 centimeters. Right: “Girl with Ginger Hair” (2021), oil on canvas, 26 x 20 centimeters

“What are we waiting for?” (2020), oil on wood, 30 x 27 centimeters

“Mädchen im Polka-Kleid” (2020), oil and silver leaf on wood, 122 x 85 centimeters

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