About Marybeth Rothman

I am a painter of mixed media portraits of strangers combining photo collage, abstract drawings and encaustic paint. For further information please contact Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery, Seattle, WA, Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA or Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX . www.marybethrothman.com

TBT: Portrait of My Son Jack and His Autism

Portrait of My Son Jack and His Autism, ©MaybethRothman

Portrait of My Son Jack and His Autism, ©MaybethRothman

After spending the day with my sneezing and coughing son Jack, I woke up with a head cold. Even though he now 24 years old, a simple head cold is a very confusing state of being for Jack. While reading many TBT posts today through the haze of my annoying but not confusing head cold, I was reminded of this portrait of Jack that I painted a few years ago. I share it here again with you.

November 2011                                                                                                      Typically my encaustic mixed media portraits, include vintage photography. Posted here is a portrait of one of my sons.

After many months of following my son Jack with a camera, I realized this would not only be portrait of him, but also his autism. I have recorded the disorder that has defined his place in the world, excluded him from society, and denied him the beauty and subtleties of life.  Portrait of My Son Jack and His Autism is a story told from a distant, isolated and awkward place. Armed with a only a few utterances, Jack wanders through the world overwhelmed by words and sounds that he cannot understand and people he will never know.  Jack responds to the world viscerally, indifferent and at times with small sparks of recognition.   The photograph that I chose for this painting portrays my son as he blocks out the sound in an ordinary situation, which for him, is a swirling storm that he cannot navigate.

Double Vision at Laura Rathe Fine Art Houston

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Sleep Fast

Many nights, and tonight is one of them; I want to sleep fast. After a full day in the studio, my body is too tired to continue working in the evening, but my heart and mind want to keep going. My only solution to this problem is to sleep fast so that I can quickly wake up early and get back to the studio. Wish me luck. Good night.

Detail from work in the studio. ©2015 Marybeth Rothman

Detail from work in the studio. ©2015 Marybeth Rothman

Exhibiting at Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston TX

I  am pleased to announce that I am newly represented by Laura Rathe Fine Art in Houston, Texas. I am honored to be represented among the distinguished group of artists represented by Laura Rathe Fine Art.  July 11 – August 29, 2015  I will be exhibiting at LRFA  with the gallery’s artists in

                                       Double Vision: Group Exhibition 

Maiden of Midsummer Meadow, 60x40

Maiden of Midsummer Meadow, 60×40″. © 2015 Marybeth Rothman                                                                                                                                        

DETAIL: Maiden of Midsummer Meadow, ©2015 Marybeth Rothman

DETAIL: Maiden of Midsummer Meadow, ©2015 Marybeth Rothman

                                                       Laura Rathe Fine Art                                                            July 11 – August 29, 2105

2707 Colquitt Street, Houston, TX 77098
713.527.7700
Tuesday to Friday 9-5
Saturday 11-5 ; Monday by Appt.

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild

The Hobby Horse was the first African American book store in the United States, established in Harlem in 1930 during the Harlem Renaissance. This rich intellectual and cultural period in African American history occurred in the Harlem borough of New York City during The Great Migration. From 1915 to 1970 six million African Americans migrated from the rural south to cities in West, Midwest and the Northeast. This imagined Hobby Horse Literary Guild is my tribute to the Harlem Renaissance.

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild. 16x16" (panel 1 of 6), photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. © 2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild. 16×16″ (panel 1 of 6), photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. © 2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild. 16x16" (panel 2 of 6), photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. © 2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild. 16×16″ (panel 2 of 6), photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. © 2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild. 16x16" (panel 3 of 6), photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. © 2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild. 16×16″ (panel 3 of 6), photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. © 2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild. 16x16" (panel 4 of 6), photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. © 2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild. 16×16″ (panel 4 of 6), photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. © 2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild. 16x16" (panel 5 of 6), photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. © 2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild. 16×16″ (panel 5 of 6), photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. © 2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild. 16x16" (panel 6 of 6), photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. © 2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild. 16×16″ (panel 6 of 6), photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. © 2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild, six panels 16x96", photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. ©2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Hobby Horse Literary Guild, six panels 16×96″, photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. ©2014 Marybeth Rothman

A Curious Collection of Strangers at Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery

On view through November 2, 2014                                                                              309 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle WA                                                                                     in Pioneer Square 

Please visit Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery to see my photo collage, encaustic and mixed media portraits before the exhibition closes on November 2nd.  You can also see the work online at Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery.

Atropos, photo collage encaustic and mixed media, 48×60″. ©Marybeth Rothman

The Incident at Daniels Brook, photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. ©2014 Marybeth Rothman

The Incident at Daniels Brook, photo collage, encaustic and mixed media. ©2014 Marybeth Rothman

T George Bell, photo collage encaustic and mixed media, 36x36"

T George Bell, photo collage encaustic and mixed media, 36×36″. ©Marybeth Rothman

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Opening Night at Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery, Seattle, WA

On the evening of October 2, 2014, Seattle gave me the most warm, wonderful and very lively opening reception for my exhibition A Curious Collection of Strangers at Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery. Here a few photos of the opening night and a video I made of the installation of the exhibition.

Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery, Seattle WA. In the window left: Amelia, Right: Regarding Pearl Street. Artwork ©Marybeth Rothman

Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery, Seattle WA. In the window left: Amelia, right: Regarding Pearl Street.  Artwork ©Marybeth Rothman

Pacific Northwest artist friends Left Deborah Kapoor, Elise Wagner, me, and Joan Stuart Ross

Pacific Northwest artist friends from left: Deborah Kapoor, Elise Wagner, (Marybeth Rothman)  and Joan Stuart Ross at the opening of A Curious Collection of Strangers, Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery, Seattle, WA

Left  to right: Marybeth Rothman and Fred Holmes

Marybeth Rothman and Fred Holmes at the opening of A Curious Collection of Strangers, Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery, Seattle, WA

Arthur Rothman and Marybeth Rothman the day after the opening of A Curious Collection of Strangers at Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery, Seattle, WA

Arthur Rothman and Marybeth Rothman the day after the opening of A Curious Collection of Strangers at Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery, Seattle, WA

Fred Holmes and Marybeth Rothman the day after the opening of A Curious Collection of Strangers at Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery, Seattle, WA

Fred Holmes and Marybeth Rothman the day after the opening of A Curious Collection of Strangers at Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery, Seattle, WA

 

Thank you Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery!