Libby Edwards Galleries & Art Consultancy

Steve Rosendale

Mystery, tension and high contrast embody the atmosphere of Rosendale’s paintings. A 1960s film obsessive, Steve's modus operandi is to trawl endlessly through vintage films and magazines for an iconic or overlooked scene, in which to reinvent its buried mystique, onto canvas with paint-brush.

Born in Melbourne in 1973, Rosendale graduated from Monash University with a fine arts degree. He has exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with Libby Edwards Galleries. 
At the core of Rosendale’s work is the exploration of the past and the ability to re-tell those images in a contemporary and cinematic language. These vignettes are at once  familiar and obscure, reaching into realms of the viewer's collective memory. A crystalline assertion of outstanding draftsmanship and the bravura technique of masterful painting, are trademarks of Rosendale's oeuvre. Episodic images are then transformed into something much more than the original images could ever create.  They are imbued with mystery.  There is alchemy at work here.

A portrait of Elizabeth Taylor in "Butterfield 8" is redirected with a Hitchcock-esque skill.  A still image from a 1960’s television screen is teleported to 2018, as a living thing. Rosendale works as an editor of images and with consummate skill takes something as ubiquitous and banal as a Tijuana streetscape and intersperses it with the torso of a glamorous 80's supermodel.  A film still from Bulitt, or a fragment grasped from the obscure Italian sci-fi the “The Tenth Victim” is given an emotional energy, that the cameraman could never have dream up. Rosendale’s capacity is his mastery of image genres, to mix Fellini with Warhol, and emerge with something fresh. In doing so, he bathes us in the afterglow from which his paintings casts an eternal nostalgia.

So what is the artist's message? Rosendale draws upon a tradition that’s all around us.  His skill,  like Cartier Bresson, and Hopper, captures the everyday. He is the consummate archivist for trawling the collective subconscious and discarded fragments of memory. And equipped with his eye for the compositional, re-positions them as something intransigent and thrilling. His is the master of cinematic subterfuge. By re-telling a good story, and enhancing it with the indefinable sense of “what if’? you feel that you are privy to something private, intimate and special. It’s an almost secretive embrace, in which, the spirit of this work to tantalize, leaves us with an unanswered question.

(David McCubbin, 2018)

"Rosendale translates to canvas the brash, intriguing character of the city street. Like its mysterious inhabitants, the city is seductive and enticing, yet its magic belies a hidden, sinister side. The artist’s cool detachment allows these deeply psychological cityscapes to speak for themselves. The city breathes, has a certain pulse or rhythm, and is animated by an ever-changing personality.”

Dr Melissa Miles

”I wake up in the morning with a vision in my head … it is very vague, a mood rather than a concrete tangible image. I spend many hours observing, taking photographs, researching, sifting through hundreds of old ephemera…until I discover what I can only describe as the pictorial equivalent of my vague notion. Then i feel a great need to express that image or somehow frame it, capture it and aggrandise it …It is the marriage of an inner vision with an outer. The inner being abstract, blurred, floating and with bleeding edges, the outer being concrete, tangible solid - present.”

Steve Rosendale 



2018 "Reinventing Nostalgia" Libby Edwards Galleries (550 Swan St Studios)

2016 "Roadside" Red Gallery Melbourne

2015 ‘’Postcards’’ Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne.

2013  "Cinerama", Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne

2012 "The Material Gaze" Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne

2011 "For A Few Dollars More" Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne
2010 "Bring The Money, Come Alone" Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne
2009 "Incidental" - Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne
2008 “Ultraviolet Way" - Libby Edwards Galleries, Brisbane
2007 “New Work” - Libby Edwards Galleries, Sydney
2007 “Portraits” - Off the Kerb, Melbourne
2006 “Silhouettes” - Brunswick Arts Collective, Melbourne
2004 “New Paintings” - Thierry B Gallery, Melbourne
2003 “Recent Work “ - Steven Print Gallery, Melbourne
2002 “Innercity” - Steven Print Gallery, Melbourne
2003 “Steve Rosendale” - Gallery Ranfurlie, Melbourne
2002 “Paintings” -The Fitzroy Gallery, Melbourne
2002 “The City “- Goya Galleries, Melbourne

2010 "Network" The Art Gallery of Ballarat Victoria
2008 ArtBrisbane08, Thierry B Contemporary Art, Stand C10, Brisbane
2008 ArtSydney08, Thierry B Contemporary Art, Stand A17, Sydney
2008 ArtMelbourne08, Thierry B Contemporary Art, Stand D13, Melbourne
2006 The Brunswick Arts Collective, Melbourne.
2005 Libby Edwards Galleries, Brisbane
2005 Libby Edwards Galleries, Sydney
2003 VARIETY Celebrity Art Auction, Sotheby’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Melbourne
2003 “Exploration 4“ - Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
2000 Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
2000 “Emerging Artists Program” - Myra Gallery. Melbourne
1999 “Local” - Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Indigo Studios, Melbourne
1998 “Artists Online” - The Jackman Gallery, Melbourne

1999 Bachelor of Arts Degree (Fine-Art Painting) Monash University
1996 Diploma: Foundations in Art and Design, Box Hill T.A.F.E.
1994 Certificate: Basic Photography, Holmesglen T.A.F.E.

2010 Art In Geelong webpage exhibition revue
2008 Girdham, Ronnie 'Art Section', Sunday Mail Brisbane, pg. 14, April 20th
2008 Turner, Tonya 'Around the Galleries', The Courier Mail, pg. 39, April 21st
2007 Robert James, “Steve Rosendale”, On painters & painting, March
2007 Diana Simmonds, “Steve Rosendale”, STAGENOISE), March
2006 Holsworth Mark, “Rinaldi Gallery & Brunswick Arts”, Culture Critic @ Melbourne, 6th August

Numerous corporate and private collections