Rose Wintergreen is an Australian abstract artist and musician creating a brighter world.
She is captivated by the idea of building a relationship of trust with the unknown, in the belief that the creative process will lead to the right outcome if she holds it lightly enough.
Coming from a background of perfectionism and overachievement, she embraces play to create loose, open, intuitive works inspiring freedom, flow and optimism.
Her art is held in private collections in Australia and internationally.
Wintergreen’s approach to art-making celebrates movement and patterns, exploring the tactile qualities of drawing and painting to build layers of rhythm and texture in ways that cannot be fully controlled. This includes choosing moving subjects – strangers on the train, rapidly changing light, snatches of scenery caught from a window when traveling, drawing a song as it is being performed live at a concert, drawing the changing colours and textures of an overheard conversation between strangers, painting flavours while they are fresh on the tongue, and dreams before they disappear on waking.
She regularly draws or paints a subject without looking at the page, and combines mediums so they interact in unpredictable ways, such as drawing over an acrylic paint layer when it is still wet with a water-soluble pastel so the layers bleed together. She also regularly makes collaborative experimental art with strangers who believe they can’t draw (her “Drawing With Strangers” 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.