Rose Wylie review – childlike bursts of freedom and joy

By Jonathan Jones

Serpentine, London
With her colourful dollops and scrawled captions, the late-blooming painter channels the liberation of childhood to point a way forward for British art

This is how Rose Wylie paints the sun. She does a big yellow circle. Then she adds straight yellow lines around it. Underneath she does a couple of palm trees that are brown sticks with dollops of green on top. On the sea, she adds an outline of a ship with black smoke puffing out of it.

The teacher gave her a gold star and pinned it on the classroom wall. His name is Mr Hans-Ulrich Obrist and the nursery is called the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. The exhibition is called Quack Quack. Oh, and young Rose is 83.

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