The Anonymous Rose by Simon Periton

This work comprises of 18 individually framed pieces of glass which have been spray painted and form a shape resembling a shattered rose.


Paint on glass
210 x 233 x 4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,250 ( Total: £6,000)
Acquired in:
Sadie Coles HQ

The work was commissioned by York Art Gallery in 2008 as part of its contemporary interventions programme. The work was inspired by paintings, ceramics and glass in the gallery's collection including the portrait of Lady Francis Fairfax after Geeraerts and works by the York artist William Peckitt. The rose was inspired by a portrait of an Unknown Woman Holding a Rose by an unknown artist. Periton explained that he was particularly drawn to paintings of unknown subjects or by anonymous artists, ‘I became interested in this silent history that sits alongside the remembered histories of the great and the good’.


The artist.

Venue details

York Art Gallery Exhibition Square, YORK North Yorkshire YO1 7EW 01904 687687

Entry details

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