Rosa Branson has completed over 600 paintings at her house in Highgate, London, and John Jones was delighted to be invited to see the works and painting studio of this 79 year old inspiration.
Rosa describes her father as being the biggest motivation for her work. An artist himself, before going to war he promised Rosa that on his return he would teach her to paint. He sadly died abroad, and Rosa was left inspired to learn her father’s trade. Early in her career, Rosa was told that she could not be a professional painter, as to do so it was necessary to paint for 6 hours a day, and as a female it was only appropriate for her to paint small images. Rosa defied this, and has spent the last 57 years painting for 7 hours a day on huge scale canvases that dominate space and demand attention. Hugely detailed in their composition, Rosa employs classical renaissance painting techniques to her canvases, which take an average of three months to complete. Desperate to ensure that these skills are not lost forever, Rosa is Co-Director of the Worlington Movement, which serves as an open resource of information for students interested in learning the techniques Rosa continues to employ.
Since meeting a high profile figure from Oxfam, it was realised that Rosa’s classical style on a large-scale would lend itself well to producing paintings for charities to raise their profile. Rosa has since created work for countless non-profit organisations including the Red Cross, Help the Aged, the Salvation Army and Cancer Research, and is currently working on a project for Barnardo’s, a charity helping British children and families to rebuild their lives following financial hardship. Rosa’s inspirational charity work was finally given deserved reward and recognition in 2010 when she was awarded an MBE.
Rosa Branson is a valued John Jones Artist Surfaces client, and continues to come to the business for bespoke canvases.