ROSE BASILE – In Provincetown

4 May – 9 June, 2007

The work of the noted contemporary artist Rose Basile will be featured in a solo exhibition of her recent oil paintings at ACME Fine Art in Boston. The exhibition will open with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening 4 May 2007, and will be on view through Saturday June 9.

Rose Basile chronicles through her paintings the day to day life of the common person on Cape Cod and coastal New England. Basile uses symbolism, and formal composition to elevate and transform how we see what might otherwise seem mundane. She does so with a willingness to address political issues without regard for political correctness and with a sense of humor that proves itself to be universal. There is an apparent lack of self-consciousness in Basile’s aesthetic that connects her to a visual tradition of twentieth century Provincetown artists such as Oliver Chaffee, Marsden Hartley and Mary Hackett. While there may be thematic similarities with these artists as well, Basile’s canvases speak in a strong voice that is hers alone.

For ACME Fine Art’s first solo exhibition of paintings by Ms. Basile, Gallery Director David Cowan has selected a group of paintings that date from as early as 2000, which were painted in Basile’s Provincetown studio. Several of the paintings are from the artist’s acclaimed Fishermen Series that was exhibited in 2004 at the Roche Jones Duff House & Garden Museum in New Bedford Massachusetts. The Fishermen Series was created over the course of a decade -between 1993 and 2003- as a lamentation of the dying fishing industry. Many of the paintings from this series employ Christian iconography, and draw on renaissance compositional traditions that together achieve a powerfully mannered 21st century artistic statement. Literary references abound in Ms. Basile’s work, and one important example that will be featured in the ACME Fine Art exhibition is an almost monochromatic painting titled Don Quixote of Nantucket Sound that addresses the political debate over windmill farms proposed off the Cape Cod coastline.