Now on view in the Sheffer Gallery
Since 1960, artist Roe Halper’s work has been known for its social commentary, expressing her reaction to world events, as well as the flowing movement of dance, abstract movement, and nature. Roe says “These subjects in mediums of pen and ink, low relief wood carvings, acrylic painting, and clay sculpture are all part of me, even though they seem quite diverse. It is the evolution, the process, that most excites me.”
Over the years Roe has combined her drawing with her love of literature and has had four books published of her drawings, including To Life, Tears of the Prophets, The Crown of Life, and The Hands of Life. She also created a Passover Haggadah, which has had 5 printings, selling 24,000 copies. In 2018 she created the original artwork for Passage, an abstract concept of a life, which was printed in 2021, and is available in the Library’s gift shop.
She has had over 30 one-woman shows, and her work can be found in collections across the country. Roe has been an incredibly prolific painter both before and during the pandemic. This exhibition of her recent abstract paintings shows an energy and deep sense of color and texture that are truly ageless.
Click here to view Roe's Artist in Residence virtual studio visit.
Featured image by Roe Halper: Orange #6, Acrylic, 2020