COSMO BARRANCA
Untitled, gouache on paper
18 3/4 x 23 1/2 in, 47.6 x 59.7 cm


ROLPH SCARLETT
1889-1984
born in Guelph, Ontario
Canadian/American Abstract Painter, Graphic Artist and Jewelry Designer

Rolph Scarlett made his mark as an avant garde painter, theatre set designer, and graphic artist in 1930s and 1940s New York City. He was widely recognized as a painter of great significance by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum that later collected 60 of Scarlett’s geometric abstract paintings. Throughout his remarkable 75 year career and to his death at 96, Scarlett also made unique sculptural jewelry. His gem bespeckled pendants, rings, and bracelets are included in major private collections across North America.

This exhibition was previously shown in Guelph (March 23 to August 4, 2000) and at the Art Gallery of Kelowna, British Columbia (November 26, 2000 to January 14, 2001). A preview version was also exhibited at the Art Gallery of the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. where it was received as a popular and critical success.

Rolph Scarlett: Art, Design & Jewelry, the first touring exhibition of Guelph artist Rolph Scarlett’s work organized by Macdonald Stewart Art Centre and curated by Judith Nasby, viewed at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from February 12 to April 13, 2003. The exhibition included a selection of works from the University of Guelph and Art Centre collections, and from the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Scarlett made drawings of extraordinary household objects, New York World’s Fair amusement park rides, and guided missiles.

Scarlett's work is illustrated in Rolph Scarlett: Painter, Designer, Jeweller (written by Judith Nasby). It includes over 70 full colour illustrations of Scarlett’s work.


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