In Baby Jesus of Prague Wylie ruminates on themes of fandom, veneration and iconography throughout the ages. The present work stands as a brilliant example of Wylie’s encyclopedic engagement in Art History and visual culture, spanning from illuminated medieval manuscripts to celebrity images in glossy magazines. “While it might seem odd that work teeming with aspects of contemporary popular culture should also be rich in associations to art history, the contrast highlights Wylie’s singularity” (Clarrie Wallis cited in: Ibid). The concept of the venerated ‘hero figure’ of celebrity culture is highlighted brilliantly in Baby Jesus of Prague, where the artist’s appropriation of this unmistakable icon of Roman Catholicism acts as a fluent and masterful extension of her fascination with contemporary visual culture. Baby Jesus of Prague is not without Wylie’s signature tongue-in-cheek interpretation of the world surrounding her, as the figure of the Christ is depicted without attention to classical rules or proportion, in canary yellow tones with distinctly chubby cheeks.
Rose Wylie’s inimitable bright tones and monumental depictions of icons of visual culture have gained her increasing levels of recognition, and firmly positioned her as one of the most important emerging artists of our time.
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