Rose English emerged from the Conceptual art, dance and feminist scenes of 1970s Britain to become one of the most influential performance artists working today.
Rose English (b. 1950, Hereford, UK) has been writing, directing and performing her own work for over forty years in venues as various as Tate Britain, Royal Court, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Adelaide Festival and Lincoln Center, New York. Her productions feature a diversity of co-performers including musicians, dancers, circus performers, magicians and horses.
English's shows range from her site-specific performances and collaborations of the 1970s, including Quadrille, Berlin and Mounting, her acclaimed solos of the 1980s, including Plato’s Chair and The Beloved to her large-scale spectaculars of the 1990s, including Walks on Water, The Double Wedding and Tantamount Esperance. Her internationally celebrated solo with a horse - My Mathematics - was produced by Michael Morris’s Cultural Industry and a series of vignettes with horses were presented by The Banff Centre, Canada and The Serpentine Gallery, London.
Her installation STORYBOARD, commissioned by National Glass Centre featured in Interloqui – a group exhibition at Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea to coincide with the 54th Venice Biennale, 2011. Other recent exhibitions include an installation composed of elements and documents relating to her 1975 performance, Quadrille, at Richard Saltoun and Karsten Schubert (London, 2013); Quadrille Karsten Schubert's 2013 Frieze Masters 'Spotlight' stand; The Eros of Understanding at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, 2014 and A Premonition of the Act at Camden Art Centre, London 2015.
Her awards include the Time Out Performance Award, the Wingate Scholarship and the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists.
Rose EnglishVarious Forms of Fire, 2017Antique book, glass flame and antique glass chandelier armInstalled dimensions: 35 x 34 cm
Rose EnglishAbstract Vaudeville: The Work of Rose English [Edition], 2015Signed monograph, 'Rose and Athene Riding Porcelain Horses' (1974 ) black-and-white silver gelatin print and slipcase. Published by Ridinghouse, London.13.5 x 20.4 cm | 5 1/4 x 8 1/8 in (image)
Rose EnglishQuadrille [Edition], 1975, 2015DVD and hard drive colour film32.5 x 23 x 5 cm | 12 3/4 x 9 x 2 in (case)
Rose EnglishPegasus, 1975Photograph76.2 x 101.6 cm | 30 x 40 in
© Michael Bennett
Rose EnglishRose on Horseback with Tail, 1974 (printed 2012)C-type photograph50.8 x 76.2 cm
Art15 London21 - 23 May 2015Karsten Schubert at Art15 London, Olympia Grand Hall, London. 21–23 May 2015.
Art Brussels 201525 - 27 Apr 2015Karsten Schubert at Art Brussels 2015. 25-27 April 2015.
Art Cologne 201516 - 19 Apr 2015Karsten Schubert at Art Cologne 2015. 16-19 April 2015.
Frieze Masters 201317 - 20 Oct 2013Karsten Schubert, Frieze Masters Spotlight 2013: Rose English. October 17–20, 2013.
Rose EnglishAbstract Vaudeville Edition 2015 Signed monograph, silver gelatin print and slipcase , 432 pp, 450 colour ill pages
Publisher: Ridinghouse 2015
ISBN: Edition of 20 plus 5 APs
Dimensions: 13.5 x 20.4 cm | 5 1/4 × 8 in (print)
Abstract VaudevilleThe Work of Rose English Edited by Martha Fleming and Doro Globus; text by Guy Brett, scripts by Rose English, and interviews by Anne-Louise Rentell Hardback, 432 pp, 450 colour ill pages
Publisher: Ridinghouse 2014
Dimensions: 27 x 20 cm | 10 5/8 x 7 7/8 in