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Rose Olson
Boston, MA; 978-927-3049


A 2-person Exhibition with Eizabeth Olson

December 5-30, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:30-8pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, December 29, 2018, 4-6pm

Kingston Gallery
450 Harrison Ave, No. 43, Boston, MA 02118

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm
or by appointment

Rose Olson, Cool Band

Left: Rose Olson, Turquoise Sea (detail), acrylic on wood, 10 x 20 x 2 inches, 2018. Right: Elizabeth Olson, Silver & Copper, c-print, 8 x 10 inches, 2018.


“Straightforward and delicate, Olson’s paintings suggest what thirteenth-century-painter Cimabue might have done had he been a color-field painter”
— David Raymond, Art New England, December/January 2007

"Another Boston painter, Rose Olson, has a quietly stunning show at Kingston Gallery...Olson has aptly used the minimalist form of stripe paintings to contain the mysteries of heat and cold, light and dark."
— Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, Friday, May 14, 2004

"...these imges assert themselves as objects. That they possess a meticulous glaze only reaffirms their presence. Despite the seeming regularity of her orderly compositions, Olson does not close out experimentation, flexibility or gesture...One thinks of prisms when looking at Olson's work. There's a crystalline fracturing of color into constituent bands, and almost a gilding to many of her surfaces...That gilding serves the traditional purpose of claiming space for the sacred, though within Olson's modernist idiom that sipirtuality becomes universal rather than denominational."
— Shawn Hill, artsMEDIA, May 2004

"Rose Olson's paintings temper mathematical precision with a sensual play of light and color...Her palette deliberately recalls glistening shades of nail polish, yet is handled with great restraint. The game seems to be in maintaining a meditative space with exuberant bursts of color...The effect is mesmerizing, the colored surface transmuting as one moves back and forth in front of the work."
— Diana Gaston, Art New England, June/July 2003

"Looking more closely, the complexity and richness given to these stripes of color by Olson's thinly applied horizontal and vertical layers of paint reveal that within these stripes she has in fact delineated a deep emotional and meditative space."
— Mary Bucci McCoy, Art New England, April/May 2003