Rose Wintergreen is an Australian artist and musician creating a brighter world.
Wintergreen consciously embraces play and experimentation to create unselfconscious, abstract expressionist artworks capturing a feeling of hope, freedom and flow.
In 2013, she was named Artist of the Year (electronica) at the Australian Independent Music Awards, and a finalist in the prestigious Vanda and Young Songwriting Award. She independently planned, promoted and performed 3 national tours to celebrate “Aurora”, her second independently released record, to capitalise on the attention.
What followed was a long period of health issues and burnout. Stubbornly committed to living a bright and rich life, Wintergreen began drawing most days no matter what else was going on: a daily practice of gratitude and celebration of the things that are right with the world.
Wintergreen’s artworks are explosions of joyful colour and movement, typically using mixed media (acrylic paint, ink, watercolour, pencils and pastels) and combining drawing and painting techniques to build rich layers on paper or canvas.
Her subjects include nudes, nature, dreams, and songs. She also delights in making experimental collaborative artworks with strangers who claim they can't draw (the “Drawing With Strangers” series).
Wintergreen continues to write music but her current focus is her art. She creates prolifically, drawing or painting most days. She is currently working on a new series of abstract expressionist paintings about transformational growth, called the “Chrysalis Series”.
Rose Wintergreen is an award-winning, enigmatic electro/folk solo artist from Melbourne, Australia.
Ethereal, cinematic, yet intimate, her music has been likened to Little Dragon, Massive Attack and Sarah Blasko.
Photo by Phoebe Powell
In 2013 Wintergreen was named Artist of the Year at the Australian Independent Music Awards (Electronic category) and finalist for the prestigious Vanda and Young Songwriting Award (previously won by Washington and Kimbra).
She’s toured and played alongside Sweets, Rosie Catalano, Haarlo, Al Parkinson, Brendan Maclean, Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens, and Sam Buckingham and graced stages at the Toff In Town, Brisbane Powerhouse, the Oxford Art Factory, the Thornbury Theatre, Port Fairy Folk Festival, and the National Folk Festival.
“The audience absorbed every minute, rapt in the performance. A voice like birdsong. We simply can’t get enough.” - Hessian Magazine
Wintergreen’s album — Aurora — captures the breathing space found between melancholia and euphoria. Lush production, rich textures and soaring emotive vocals recreate the surreal space before dawn when no one else is awake: the eternal struggle between loneliness and solitude.
The first single from Aurora, “Feet In The Sand”, debuted at number 5 on the Triple J Unearthed electronic chart, featured on Hype Machine, received radio play on Triple J, Radio National and numerous community radio stations, and has had over 35,000 plays on Soundcloud. The clip, featuring Wintergreen being buried alive in sand, was also played on RAGE.
Highly anticipated, Aurora was added to rotation on Triple J Unearthed, included in PBS FM’s top 10 featured records, and received widespread radio play on Double J, local ABC and community radio stations across Australia.
Recorded in Alice Springs and produced by multi-award-winning artist/producer Dave Crowe, Aurora showcases material refined in collaboration with some of Australia’s finest songwriters (including Charles Jenkins, Angie Hart, Jen Cloher and Clare Bowditch). Entirely independent, fans helped Wintergreen fund the record through crowdfunding.
Wintergreen snuck into the Australian indie scene with her acoustic folk-pop EP “Warm Chocolate Heart” (2010), produced by ARIA Award-winning legend Magoo. Reviewers complimented her intimate, minimalist arrangements, soothing melodies and warm, cathartic lyrics.
An active member of the Melbourne music community, Wintergreen has guest-hosted radio shows on Double J, Radio Adelaide and Southern FM and also performed as a member of HALFSHARK.
“Aurora” (album) – out now.