Rosemary Burkholder: Female Pioneer in Abstract Expressionism

March 1 - April 9, 2017

Actors Theatre Gallery presents:

Rosemary Burkholder: Female Pioneer in Abstract Expressionism

March 1 – April 9, 2017

A discussion of the abstract expressionist movement in the Midwestern art community would not be complete without the work of Rosemary Burkholder (1921-2001). Along with the paintings of nationally known painters and teachers Paul Chidlaw (1890-1989) and Jack Meanwell (1919-2005), Rosemary Burkholder’s work completes the story of the development of abstract expressionism in the Midwest.

During an era when many professional women found it difficult to reach their goals, Burkholder reached her full potential as an artist. Her work reflects a more spiritually, positive expression of the abstract expressionist movement in her place and time.


About the Artist

Burkholder’s extensive body of work evolved throughout her lifetime. She started her career sketching women’s clothing ads for local department stores (Giddings, McAlpin’s) after training in commercial art. From 1946 to 1963 she studied with Chidlaw at the Cincinnati Art Academy, earning a certificate and numerous honors for her work from 1946 to 1963. She developed into a prolific artist, working in watercolors, oils and acrylics. She painted for six decades, with both Chidlaw and Meanwell throughout. She continued to paint up to three weeks before her death in 2001. Her paintings have been displayed at numerous galleries in Cincinnati, as well as in private shows with the Colorists and other Cincinnati expressionists.

Her paintings are currently available at Cincinnati Art Galleries, LLC. She was elected a member of the MacDowell Society and the National League of the American Pen Women and Artists.

While influenced by Chidlaw to some degree, Burkholder’s ever evolving style was freer and more colorful than that of the father of the Cincinnati abstract expressionist movement. Her paintings in the 1960’s and 70’s show late impressionistic tendencies (Monet, Degas). In the 1970’s and early 80’s the Cubist influence appeared, and from the late 80’s to 2000 Burkholder developed her personal brand of late expressionism.

Prevalent in all her paintings are the qualities of free movement and joyous color. Her still lifes, delicate and flowing nude figures and pieces exhibiting the expression of her imagination shout out happiness to the viewer.


Featured image: Seven Come Eleven by Rosemary Y. Burkholder


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