Rosie Winn was born in Norwich, UK, and grew up in a creative household. Her father was an artist and mother was a writer – surrounded by paint and books, Rosie began drawing at an early age. It was an activity that came naturally to her.
Rosie studied at Norwich University of the Arts, Central St Martins and University of West of England, graduating with a BA (Hons) Drawing & Applied Arts in 2008.
In 2012, Rosie was shortlisted for the East Anglian Artist Development Prize, awarded by the Anteros Arts Foundation. In 2013, she became a member of the Norwich 20 Group, a body of over 70 professional artists. In 2019, the Group celebrated its 75th anniversary. Rosie was a prize winner at the Institute of East Anglian Artists Annual Exhibition, 2023.
Rosie’s drawings are celebratory and humanistic, driven by a passion to explore the place of the individual in the global community through representations of the human figure.
The drawings explore the constant movement in our lives that weave into the tapestry of our sense of self. They express the joy we find in brief moments amidst the rhythm of life and the weight of the world.
Where we are from, where we live and where we are going play into our journey through life. Each experience encountered is as important as the next: they cannot be separated. The past informs the present.
Rosie draws with a pyrography wood-burning pen, searing lines onto paper or wood that promotes an economy of line that encourages non-essentials to be stripped away, allowing purity of form to be revealed.
The lines represent the permanence of life: once a thought is thought or a word spoken, it is out there.
And life changes.