"I work in series. This allows me, and the work, to progress and never stop evolving. Working this way I can explore all forms of abstraction without limitations. My influences are nature, sound and truth. They alter me in many ways I cannot explain. It's like jumping off a bridge -- into an abyss. In that depthless space I can compose, permit, surrender and give birth to something unanticipated. I relinquish conscious thought so that something else can emerge, something inexplicable. The space in between existence and non-existence is my playground. I gain access to unearthly realms of the unseen and the unknown through my human experiences. Because I cultivate my sensitivity, vulnerability and intuition, I remain wide open to possibilities not otherwise apparent or available. Ever since I can remember, I have had the irresistible drive to create. In the end, the result/work is a living, breathing, self-actualized entity, a whole and part of the whole, much like the universe."

— Rose Masterpol 

 


 

American born artist Rose Masterpol has worked for decades as a contemporary abstract painter. Her work is distinctive and ever-evolving because of her vast array of interests - her poetry, music, graphic design, sculpture, and landscape photography. They all feed her creativity. Masterpol’s work is the language of non-objective, organic and pure painting. Rose attended Syracuse University and then left for Los Angeles before finishing there. She went on to CalArts and graduated there with a BFA. Her work consists of abstract shapes, lines, instinct, and intuition made from either acrylic or oil on large canvases. She is larger than life as are her works. Often poetic with unrivaled breadth and depth, always strong and boldly colored—the work is uncanny and balanced. Her technical approach changes to the mood and flow of the next thing that emerges on a new canvas at any given time. Her abstractions stream from De Stijl to Fauvism to expressionism to the pure abstract realm. Masterpol’s inspiration since a child has been from the New York school of painters, Pollock, de Kooning, Kline and Motherwell, to name a few.

 

Masterpol is self-taught which lends to a naked and raw untainted work of art. There are no limitations for her work to constantly progress. She graduated from CalArts with a BFA in graphic design and has worked in many ad agencies in Los Angeles. Still today, ranking as a creative director to a few clients, she is working as a full-time painter. And—in between design and painting, she always has a camera in her hands ready for the next great shot.