Born in Guelph, Ontario, 1889 – 1984
Canadian/American Modernist - Abstract Painter, Graphic Artist and Jewelry Designer
Rolph Scarlett is a modernist artist renowned and celebrated in the international art community for his work as an abstract painter, graphic artist and modernist designer. He was born in Guelph, Ontario (1889) and in 1901 began his first artistic training through private tutoring, followed by academic art instruction and a 4 year jewellery apprenticeship.
Since 1908, Scarlett had worked and lived the largest part of his life in the United States. His paintings and artwork have been exhibited in some of the most important established Galleries and Museums in the United States, Canada and Europe, and are part of many important public collections, such as the: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York, Amon Carter Museum - Fort Worth - Texas, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Museum of Art - Carnegie Institute - Pittsburgh.
Scarlett's dedication to modernism was expressed in his art and design work. Although Scarlett also created action paintings and surrealist works, he especially loved and was devoted to geometric abstract non-objective painting. He describes this form as an expression of pure creation.
In his modernist tradition, Scarlett created set designs for films. He was a stage designer and created designs for George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman. He worked as a freelance designer for engineering firms and designed a guided missile for the British War Office in London (1937). Scarlett was an esteemed modernist designer who created modern designs for the industrial, theatrical, domestic product and jewellery industries.
In 1926, Scarlett's painting, Static, was awarded first prize for modernist work at the Eighth Annual exhibition of the Toledo Federation of Art Societies at the Toledo Museum of Art. The Museum of Non-objective Painting, New York (later named the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum) first opened in 1939, and, Scarlett's oil painting on canvas, Composition 1938-39, was included in the inaugural exhibition Art of Tomorrow.
Scarlett was appointed chief lecturer at the Museum of Non-objective Painting, New York (Guggenheim) and his paintings were included in 11 of the Museum's (Guggenheim) Group Exhibitions for renowned American Non-objective Painters. The Guggenheim Museum purchased sixty paintings, monoprints and gouaches on paper from Rolph Scarlett.
Scarlett was a renowned and prolific painter who created abstract works in oil, watercolour, gouache and monoprint. He profoundly made his mark, in New York and internationally, as a geometric abstract painter during the 1930s and 1940s.
Important works by Rolph Scarlett and other modernist artists will be included in the upcoming exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, titled: Hilla Rebay and Solomon R. Guggenheim (May 20 - August 10, 2005). www.guggenheim.org
|Rolph Scarlett, a Canadian/American Modernist, is renowned as an Abstract Painter, Graphic Artist and Jewelry Designer. He was born in Guelph, Ontario. His works are part of many important collections, e.g., the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.|
|La Parete Gallery Fine Art Gallery - Toronto - Canada
La Parete Gallery is recognized for its selection of Fine Art: Canadian Art - Native Art - Inuit Art - First Nations Art - International Art
|Artists: Antonio, Ann Beam, Carl Beam, Molly Lamb Bobak, David Bolduc, Miller Brittain, Christopher Broadhurst,
Israel Broytman, A.J. Casson, Antonio Cardarelli, J. Cardinal-Schubert, Konrad Cramer, Pal Fried, Richard Gorman, Giovanni Guarlotti,
Tom Hodgson, Gershon Iskowitz, Jean-Paul Jérôme, Lee L'Clerc, Maud Lewis, Kenneth Lochhead, Alexandra Luke
René Marcil, Norval Morrisseau, Louis Muhlstock, Louis de Niverville,
William Ogilvie, Frère Jérôme Paradis, William Ronald, Rolph Scarlett, Gerald Scott, Michael J. Seward, Arthur Shilling,
Roland Strasser, Peter Taçon, Harold Town, Jesus Carlos de Vilallonga, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Ruben Zellermayer