Rose Corcoran studied History of Art at Edinburgh University (1991-1994), Fine Art at City and Guilds, London (1995-1998) and completed her Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in 2000.
A period living in northern India in 1990 was formative in her development, when she established a close relationship with the sub-continent. She first saw tigers in the wild at Kahna (the setting of Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’), where she was stunned and moved by the contrast with the tigers she had seen in captivity . The endangered status of these awesome animals became a passionate concern as she met the renowned animal campaigner Valmik Thapar, and through him visited Ranthambor.
Rosie believes in making art for a purpose, and intends her work to highlight the magnificence of the nature she depicts, but also the terrifying fragility of its existence. As much as depicting individual animals, she aspires to evoke the essence and the vitality of the species in each image.
Like her great predecessors in the depiction of animals, such as Rembrandt Bugatti, Antione-Louis Barye or George Stubbs, she seeks to convey movement and the potential for movement as well as the ‘fearful symmetry’ of her beasts and the very large scale of many of her drawings adds a further powerful Dimension to the work.
Corcoran is an artist both deeply traditional and clearly contemporary. Her work is dedicated to a secure future for her animal subjects in their natural habitat, which also assures her own future in the wider art world.
Courtesy of the artist’s website.