Rosie Irwin Price
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Rosie emigrated to San Francisco in 1980. She is now an American citizen living in Santa Barbara, California.
Originally self-taught as a sculptor she carved her first horse in clay at aged 18. Drawn to the sensual curves of the horse and the human form, her favorite subjects became the horse and human figure. Formal art studies have included acrylic & oil painting, life drawing and watercolor, and raku ceramic sculpture at Academy of Art, San Francisco; the College of Marin, Ross, California, and Auckland University of Technology NZ. She has also attended master classes with notable painters, and sculptors in NZ, UK and California.
Her work has been exhibited in San Francisco, Marin, Santa Barbara, and New York City, where her bronze Connemara Mare was selected for the National Sculpture Society’s "Stallions Ponies & Unicorns" 2004 exhibit at the Park Avenue Atrium. In addition, Shadowfax (alabaster) was selected for the National Sculpture
Society's 2006 73rd Annual Awards Exhibition in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Commissions have included a wide array of both horse and human portraits - including a bust of award-winning violinist Berl Senofsky and a bust in bronze of legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne - both on display at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California.
NSS 79th Exhibition - Award Winner!
"Spanish Stallion" recently won the C. Percival Dietsch Prize (for a sculpture in the round) in the National Sculpture Society's 2012 79th Annual Exhibition!
An alternate view can be found here!
Marilyn Horne Bust Unveiling!
Rosie's bust of the legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne was recently unveiled at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara!
Friesian Stallion Added
The gallery has been recently updated with images for Friesian Stallion.
NSS 78th Exhibition
Rosie's piece, "Urban Pharaoh" was selected to be shown in the National Sculpture Society's 2011 78th Annual Exhibition! An alternate view can be found here!
The gallery has been recently updated with images for Marilyn Horne, Sweet Spot, and Game Master.
Dip was awarded the "Agop Agopoff Memorial Prize" at the National Sculpture Society's 2008 75th Annual Awards Exhibition which was exhibited at the Park Avenue Atrium in New York City.
View the NSS 2008 Annual Awards for more details.
Also, "Dio Today" recently published an article about Rosie and her story. Be sure to take a look!
Recently completed a commissioned bust (bronze) of legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. Pending presentation, this piece will be on display Summer 2008 at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California.
Exhibitions and Awards
2012 National Sculpture Society's 2012 79th Annual Awards Exhibition (Awards Listing)
Spanish Stallion - C. Percival Dietsch Prize
2008 National Sculpture Society's 2008 75th Annual Awards Exhibition (Awards Listing)
Dip - Agop Agopoff Memorial Prize
2006 Sullivan Goss - Santa Barbara Scultpor's Guild Exhibition
Da Vinci's Girl
2006 National Sculpture Society's 2006 73rd Annual Awards Exhibition
2005 Santa Barbara Sculptor's Guild Show
Pygmalion -(2nd in show)-
Da Vinci's Girl -(People’s Choice Award)-
2004 National Sculpture Society’s "Stallions Ponies & Unicorns" New York City exhibition
2004 Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's ArtWalk
Da Vinci’s Girl
2004 St Vincent’s ‘Art Santa Barbara’ Show
Connemara Mare -(Honorable Mention)-
1993 Solo Ceramic Sculpture Show
The Branson School Gallery, Ross, California
1993 Marin County Fair ‘Creatures Show’
2007 A portrait bust in bronze of legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne
on display at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California.
2004 A posthumous portrait bust in bronze of award-winning violinist, Berl Senofsky
on display at Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California
National Sculpture Society
California Art Club
Santa Barbara Sculptors’ Guild
2001-04 Master class: sculptors Bela Bacsi; Richard MacDonald
1988-91 College of Marin, Ross, California; Bill Abright
1983-86 Academy of Art, San Francisco, California
1974-75 Master class: NZ painters Gerry & Jan Nigro
1969 Sir John Cass School of Art, London UK
1964-66 Auckland University of Technology (AUT) NZ
My sculpting process and drive comes, in part, from my experiences as a rock climber. In both sculpting and climbing one must devise a plan, negotiate challenges and disasters en route, all in pursuit of the final exhilaration of achievement - even if the accomplishment is simply what I learned throughout the journey.