Flash, acrylic on maple veneer, 30 x 30 inches, 2015.


    Niagra, acrylic on maple veneer, 30 x 30 inches, 2015.


    Ju Ju Blues (Installation View), 2015.

    Ju Ju Blues - Installation View

Artist Statement

Color has a sharpening aspect, affecting our senses and intellect simultaneously. These paintings reflect my passion for color and its interaction with the beauty of natural elements.

Wood-grain patterns are exciting and varied since each is specific to what was once a living tree, as unique as our fingerprints and as important as the colors I use. Both contribute to the meaning and structure of every work. Many layers of different colors applied one color layer at a time, enhance each wood-grain pattern and increase the painting's luminosity. The character of that wood affects the way the color is received, so transparent colors continue being layered on until the painting starts to bloom.

My colors often change as the viewer moves, or the light shifts. I am conscious of that interplay. Hard edges and color bands also enhance the spatial and color effects of each work revealing, in a sense, another way of seeing that world. [July 2016]

Artist Bio

Rose Olson is a painter with Studios in Beverly and Boston's South-End, where she grew up. After graduating from Tufts University, she taught at several colleges in the area including Montserrat College of Art where she joined their full-time faculty and earned the rank of Professor. She is a colorist, continually influenced by the beauty of natural elements.

Work available on Artsy


Surface, group show on Artsy, November 1-30, 2021
New Works, September 29-October 31, 2021
Troubled Landscapes, group show on Artsy, June 1-30, 2021
Divergency, group show on Artsy, July 31-August 31. 2020
Rain and Sunshine, June 24-July 26, 2020
BRIGHT, COOL and HOT, November 29-December 30, 3017
3 VIEWS with Elizabeth Olson and Bradford Olson, November 29-December 30, 2017.
Relay, January 4-29, 2017
four-squared, October 5-30, 2016
I Know Just What You're Saying, January 6-31, 2016
Ju Ju Blues, June 3-28, 2015
Keeping it Together, December 3-28, 2014
2CLOSE and some in real color, October 30-December 1, 2013
All the Members: Gifted, September 4-29, 2013
Light Moves, February 27-March 30, 2013
Paper Dialouge with Haruyo Nakanishi, February 27-March 30, 2013
Big HUGE small works, December 5-23, 2012
XXX: Kingston Gallery Annual Members' Exhibition Thirty Years as an Artist Run Gallery, September 5–30, 2012
Kingston Gallery Annual Members' Exhibition, August 31-October 2, 2011

Press + Media

New Works, Press Release, August 11, 2021.
Newbery, Emma. " Inside Look: Rose Olson's Rain and Sunshine." Kingston Blog, June 19, 2020.
Rain and Sunshine, Press Release, March 11. 2020.
Brodrick, Emilly. "Rose Olson & Elizabeth Olson: CURVE/STRAIGHT." Kingston Blog, December 19, 2018.
Cook, Greg. "Rose Olson's Luminous Abstractions: 'They Want Open Air, Open Light, Open Windows." WONDERLAND, December 27, 2017.
Goslow, Brian. "Olson is in Pink: Hot is Cool at Kingston." Artscope Magazine, November 2, 2017.

"Science, Nature, and Art, through the generations." December 2017.
"ROSE OLSON's Paintings Bring Color to the Foreground in Ju Ju Blues." June 2015.


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