The Hungarian born artist Rose Feller (also known as Rozsa Szucs), is a maximalist artist, who works with multimedia and recycled material.
Feller came to the UK in 2008 to escape an abusive relationship where she was stifled in her artistic expression.
She initially moved to London and is now living in Gloucester.
Whilst living in Hungary, she painted traditional works in an eighteenth century style using oil paints. Since coming to the UK she has found artistic freedom, initially experimenting with surrealistic and abstract art, and now concentrating on abstract and AI art.
Feller is a self-taught artist and it is only since travelling to the UK she started to study formally.
In 2017, she completed an Art and Design Foundation Diploma, and in 2018 commenced a Fine Art Degree at the University of Gloucester.
2018 – Gloucester City Museum – solo exhibition
2018 – Debenhams, Gloucester – Contributing artist
2019 – Saatchi Art Gallery – https://www.saatchiart.com/account/profile/1102469
Feller is heavily influenced in her work by Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso and Damien Hirst. She greatly admires American abstract artists Jackson Pollock, Barnet Newman and Mark Rothko.
She is aware that she is influenced only by male artists, and feels this may be down to her masculine soul.
However, her main influence is her own imagination and Feller expresses her dreams in her artwork. As a child she was able to see angels, imaginary creatures and ghosts which are all incorporated into her art work; both two and three dimensional.
Quite by accident Feller realised that her artwork has healing qualities when she gifted one to a friend, who told her that when she was near the painting she felt energised.
Feller has always been spiritual with a gift for healing, and as a child she would heal her family. In recent years she has explored this skill and has studied reiki, but still falls back on her natural talents.
The more colourful pieces of her work are created whilst bathed in a positive energy providing them with healing properties. This healing energy is then passed on to her customers.
Feller uses as much as 80 per cent recycled material in her multi-media projects. These include found objects, food waste (such as egg shell), rubbish, glass from car accidents and dead animals.
She aspires to create in a way which pushes the boundaries, create work which no one else can with material that others don’t use.
Her work has an unconscious element to it, with no real objective other than to express herself as she is at one particular moment.
The use of dead animals including mice and fish is presented as a memorial to them – they are part of the natural world and should be honoured and respected.
In 2019 Feller started exploring AI Art where she is creating through the technology of artificial intelligence and computer learning to produce work which represents her dreams.
This is something she is passionate about and wants to explore this field further until she is eventually able to teach the computer to produce art organically.
One project she is working on through AI art is one about changing perceptions of beauty. She hopes to encourage people to look at inner beauty rather than the outer shell.
She doesn’t believe that everything positive needs to be beautiful and therefore creates diverse images to demonstrate this.
Although it is possible to apply her healing abilities with AI art she feels the project does this organically anyway by healing the mind, connecting everyone’s hearts and seeing the true beauty within.
2006-2007: Kecskemet Muveszeti Szabadiskola
2017,2018: Art and Design Foundation Diploma
2018 University of Gloucestershire, Fine Art Degree
The story of Rose Feller (Rozsa Szucs) starts in the Hungarian city of Kecskemet in 1975. Rose had a peaceful childhood; raised with care and love on her grandmother’s farm, where she would produce her first works of art, transferring onto paper everything that caught her attention. These often comprised domesticated animals living their careless lives in the courtyard, garden flowers flourishing on sunny day and fruit trees swaying in the wind. That was her paradise she was brought into, where she would produce hundreds of paintings a day, mastering her skill for the future.
In school Rose faced judgement which every beginner artist has to endure in their own way in order to gain recognition. Even if she was the best student in her art classes, people only laughed at her idea to become an artist, trying to persuade her to find a more pragmatic way to make a living. Young Rose was proud to be called an artist and did not listen to what people would think of her craft, so she took her best chance and applied to Art College. Unfortunately for Rose, the college was protective of its reputation and did not want to take a self-taught artist under its wing, it had limited places only for the elitist of artists in Hungary.
Despite this rejection, Rose still wanted to use her creative skills in her future career and decided to enter into the hairdressing industry. Rose’s talent was used to create and sketch new hair styles. As she thought she finally found her destiny, opportunity had come up to prove it. In the 1990’s Hungary hosted a hairdressing competition which invited young adults, students and professionals countrywide to take their chance in making the most creative and extravagant hair style. That was a moment when confidence in her talent and huge passion in creative skills played a significant role as she was a low skilled hairdresser, with almost no experience, up against the best students with fancy degrees and professionals with years of experience. She fooled them all and took 1st place. That was Rose’s peak moment of joy and self-fulfilment in her own little paradise in a small country in central Europe. She was a happy young lady with big ambitions and iron confidence for the future, and was offered a scholarship in hairdressing university for taking first place.
Like most paradises tend to fall one day, hers was no exception. Her fragile paradise shattered at the age of eighteen when her father passed away. He left their family when Rose was only ten-month-old and on his deathbed, he sought forgiveness from Rose. That was a major step into adult life for our artist. Then her beloved grandmother followed to afterlife a week later. Such unexpected loss of a close person, who have raised her in love and the surprised contact from her dad, had shocked and broken her heart leaving a scar for life. The sun still shone, flowers still flourished, trees still were swaying in the wind, but Rose now was looking at this world through glasses of trauma. Hour followed by hour, day by day, week by week. But what does time mean for some one who lives in misery and despair. Rose spent the next month in anxiety and depression with no food, no communication, all alone in her world and no seance as the most valued part of herself was ripped out of it. Then miracle happened. It was normal day, as normal as you could imagine in a life that had lost any sense. She accidently came across that one artist, who only had a brief conversation and changed her life.
He gave her a wooden plate and one brush. Such little things if compared to what they were meant to replace. Although these little things were the missing piece, a key out of her cage. Rose spent next weeks in the subconscious act of creation, painting one picture after another. She still refused to eat and communicate with others, spending time transferring her pain and tears onto paper. As those feelings were leaving her body and mind, consciousness would return to her. Rose had realised that she had accumulated many art works and made some masterpieces. That was the moment of no return, Rose became an artist and life started to shine in new colours.
Whilst living in Hungary, she painted traditional works in an eighteenth-century style using oil paints. Still life, architecture and landscapes in bright and shiny oil would be most often examples in her art collection. In Rose’s young adulthood, love came to her life. Her passion and talent had attracted a partner on her life path. Although love has many forms and shape which are sometimes tragic. She realised that her partner fell in love with her work and not herself. He would force her to paint what he wanted, creating a barrier and preventing her talent from growing. On one of the days when she had escaped her domestically abusive partner to paint in her mother’s house, she decided to flee her life in Hungary behind and find her own way as an independent and brave woman. In 2008 she initially moved to London and is now living in Gloucester where she started studying formally. In 2017, she completed an Art and Design Foundation Diploma, and in 2018 commenced a Fine Art Degree at the University of Gloucester.
Feller is heavily influenced in her work by Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso and Damien Hirst. She greatly admires American abstract artists Jackson Pollock, Barnet Newman and Mark Rothko. Rose is aware that she is influenced only by male artists, and feels this may be down to her masculine soul, which was developed through many falls and self-courage to get up again. Now Rose focuses on abstract and three-dimensional art, using 80 per cent recycled materials in her multi-media projects. These include found objects, rubbish, glass and dead animals.
In 2019, Feller started exploring AI Art where she is creating through the technology of artificial intelligence and computer learning to produce work which represents her dreams. This is something she is passionate about and wants to explore this field further until she is eventually able to teach the computer to produce art organically. One project she is working on through AI art is one about changing perceptions of beauty. She hopes to encourage people to look at inner beauty rather than the outer shell. She does not believe that everything positive needs to be beautiful and therefore creates diverse images to demonstrate this.
Rose Feller has created her own style of expressionism and abstract, where she goes into a subconscious state of mind by becoming one with the materials she is working with. Before she would sketch and plan her work ahead, structuring painting and thinking what it should look like. Now she uses her inner intuition and sensations which flow through her and command her hand, at such moments Rose becomes a tool of the universe; conducting understanding of Life and Death in her art. As her mind is turned off and does not process any planning or doubt, she has learned how to listen to the objects, to hear what they want her to do with them and magic of art her is born in such moments.
Rosaline has a direct message in her art. For some it would be difficult to realise at first how two dual opposites, such as Life and Death, could be standing next to each other. However, they do make static and dynamic duet in her work. Feller beliefs that Life and Death are One process, where Death always tries to catch Life, but Life just carries on. In that eternal race Love is born. Life loves to live and Death loves to consume Life. That lesson she learned from her trauma, now she realises that despite close ones are not being with her anymore, they live in her heart. They are alive even in Death through her love for them and the love that they had given her before passing away. That Love is present in every moment, in every particle on this planet: it unites even Death and Life themselves, so maybe it could unite all beings within that one dynamic process. When you look at her art work, my dear friend, think to yourself of her story, of her losses and gains, of her courage and self-belief and maybe, just maybe, you will feel that unity within your heart.