Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden

Rebecca Rose

Rebecca Rose

Rebecca Rose’s recent work investigates the cyclic nature of life and humanity’s interconnectedness. Her explorations primarily find their form in abstract metals sculptures. She also utilises recycled hardwoods and has worked in bronze and concrete.

Rose trained initially as a landscape designer. Her love of gardens and the outdoors sparked a desire to create artworks for these arenas. Rose trained under Theo Janssen during 1990-1993 where she first learnt bronze casting methods.

Inclining towards working on larger pieces led Rose to use concrete as a medium. From 1995-2000 she completed five series of tall figurative works in concrete, now situated in gardens throughout New Zealand. These include an installation of nine pieces at Government House, Wellington.

Rose regularly participates in group exhibitions throughout New Zealand and in Australia. And in 2015 she exhibited in China at the Jimo Quingdao International Urban Sculpture Festival. Her work features in public and private collections.

Popular examples can be seen in RE:Start Mall, Christchurch; near Pembroke Park, Wanaka, and in Wellington. Her work Sea Anemone exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Perth was selected as a permanent acquisition for the town.

Rose, her partner Matthew Chamberlain and their three young children live and work from a dramatic home / studio in Island Bay, Wellington. The rugged south coast continues to inspire and influence her artistic practice.