Saturday, July 21, 2012

"Carolina Country" Exhibit Video

Video highlighting Eastern North Carolina paintings by Bernie Rosage Jr. and the opening reception for the "Carolina Country" Exhibit at Arts Council of Wayne County, Goldsboro, NC.

Monday, July 09, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE: "Carolina Country" Exhibit July 19 - August 23, 2012 featuring NC Landscapes by Bernie Rosage Jr.

July 19 to August 23
The Arts Council of Wayne County
Main Gallery, First Floor
Artist Opening Reception
July 19, 2012
5 - 7 pm

With a focus on paintings that celebrate the landscape of eastern North Carolina, this exhibit will feature the work of three talented painters, Bernie Rosage, Skip Surman, and Sharon Killette.

Here is my personal artist statement and bio that will be played audibly at the show:

My name is Bernie Rosage Jr. and I’m a native of Onslow County, North Carolina, where I reside with my wife, Tami, our children and grandchildren. My passion for art started at an early age and it continues as a self taught artist. I like the term "self motivated to be taught" as I work hard to fuel my passion of painting.

I use a painterly approach to color and texture which gives me a unique sense of style, best defined as Impressionistic Realism. As you will see from this exhibit… I love to work in oils and acrylics and my style varies from true impressionism to the luminous style.

My subjects are often personal and convey feelings of peace, serenity, and nostalgia. I am drawn to country roads, marshlands, cottages, barns, trees, open fields, flowing rivers, etc... anything that eludes to a peaceful, calming feeling when viewed.

I mostly paint from life, either in the studio or on location “en plein aire“… a French term that translates to “in open air.” I am a firm believer that painting from direct observation really hones the artist’s skills and develops the art of seeing.

My mindset and work lately has taken a shift… I have moved beyond just capturing what my subject looks like to something deeper… I am striving for the divine and sublime as I paint now.

Bringing everyday objects to life in fresh and artistic ways by capturing light, mood, and atmosphere are goals I am consciously and consistently achieving. My favorite subject is the landscape… for me… painting the landscape is spiritual. It’s as if I am savoring God’s creation by painting it.

As a Down East son coupled with this love of the landscape makes this exhibit dear to my heart. I am honored to take part in it with two other talented artists who share their passion for Carolina Country.

My paintings are a culmination of sensitivity and skill and are collected throughout the United States, Ireland, Australia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. I hope you enjoy the show… and maybe one of my paintings will tug at your heartstrings and find a new home.

I’d like to close with a quote by Robert Henri from his book… The Art Spirit… that sums up my life as an artist…

"All any man can do... is add his fragment to the whole.

No man can be final... but he can record his progress...

What he leaves is so much for others to use as stones to step on, or stones to avoid.

After all, the goal is not making art... It is living life.

Those who live their lives will leave the stuff that is really art."

Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

Here are the 15 paintings representing the Eastern NC Landscape in the Carolina Country Exhibit by Bernie Rosage Jr.

Morning Has Broken

100% Cotton

Afternoon Burst

Down East Tobacco Barn

Down East Tobacco Barn in Snow

Tobacco Row

Across the Field

The Marina

The Brock Mill, Trenton, NC

Cedars at Northeast Creek

Carolina Marsh

Meandering Marsh

Topsail Thunder

Surf City Sail
Bouge Pier, Emerald Isle, NC