Rose is an award winning artist from Christchurch who creates contemporary feather Artworks using only natural New Zealand Feathers. She has been involved in feather art for approximately twelve years, having had a passion for feathers; their colour and texture. Rose experiments with different feathers and combinations and is constantly working on acquiring new sources of feathers and varieties which gives inspiration and enables her to keep evolving and designing new creations. Her work is generally in contemporary white or black boxed/shadow frames with white mounts. Rose only uses feathers from New Zealand birds such as pheasant, guinea fowl, pukeko, peacock, rooster, quail, ostrich and turkey. Her work typically has been more in the style of a Maori cloak design, ie: with the feathers designed in quite horizontal and geometric forms. The pictures range in size from quite small pieces to huge framed works which make quite a statement.
Over the past ten years Rose has exhibited in the following Galleries:
The Wearable Arts Museum Gallery (WOW) – Nelson, Birdwoods Gallery – Havelock North,The Powerhouse Gallery – Akaroa, The Aigantighe Art Gallery – Timaru, The Rocking Frog Gallery – Waikari, Soeur Design Gallery – Christchurch and Whare – Christchurch..
Rose’s works have also been represented by The Poi Room in New Market, Auckland and Letham Gallery in Ponsonby, Auckland. Most recently Rose has been invited to supply works to Ballantynes of Christchurch
Rose also has commissioned works held in private collections in the UK, Italy, France, Spain, USA, South America, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
In Rose’s most recent Auckland exhibition she was extremely successful and sold 37 out of the 40 works exhibited; with a number of these going overseas. She has since been invited to exhibit at Kings College annual art exhibition in Auckland, and has done so for the past five years with great success . She has also been invited to exhibit at Baradene College and Carmel College – Auckland, also exhibitions at Kohia and Orakei Schools in Auckland.
In April of 2009 Rose was invited to exhibit in the Ashburton Society of Arts Annual Exhibition, which exhibits over 500 paintings. She was awarded the Applied Art, Craft and Photography award and has since been invited to return to be one of their guest artists.
Rose McKellar resides in Christchurch with her husband and three children.