ROZANNE HERMELYN_ Unrepeated (diptych-available individually)
Monoprint, oil on paper, mounted panel
36 x 24 in
Rozanne Hermelyn is a San Francisco Bay Area artist working in printmaking and mixed media. Since she can remember, she has painted, drawn and followed her passion for the arts. Hermelyn tells us “I’ve been creative every day most of my life. It’s like breathing—not a want, but a need.” Growing up in Los Angeles, Hermelyn attended UCLA and Art Center College of Design, receiving a BA in design and BFA in graphic and package design with distinction. She moved to San Francisco to begin her career and within five years became owner of Arc & Line Communications. Her mother’s death was a pivotal experience, marking the first time she entered a series of monoprint paintings into a juried show—winning the Best of Show award for the exhibition. The images portrayed moments of illness and suffering that come with terminal cancer; they were her tribute and final goodbye to her mother. When asked about the women outside of her family that have inspired her, Hermelyn cites Idelle Weber, an American pop artist and later photorealist, known for her figurative silhouette paintings, photorealist trash and litter works; she appreciates how Weber reinvented herself and her work from one extreme to another. Hermelyn notes that she loves anything with type and finds inspiration in the work of Corita Kent, a mid-century LA pop art screen print artist that “juxtaposed ads, street signs, billboards with poetry, scripture and song lyrics, transforming them to hopeful messages and call for action.” After twenty years in her successful design business, Hermelyn has now transitioned to focus full-time on fine art. She has been awarded Best of Show and 1st place in numerous exhibitions, her work is shown nationally and abroad, and can be found in the permanent collections of the Harvard Art Museums and the Library of Congress.