John Rosmini: Mid century paintings

Published 10:13 pm Thursday, August 27, 2015

Until September 19, an exhibition of paintings by former Tryon, N.C. resident, John Rosmini, will be on display at Hampton III Gallery, 3110 Wade Hampton Blvd. Suite 10, Taylors, S.C.


Hampton III Gallery is presenting a survey of his paintings from 1939 to the 1960s. When John was seven, his family moved from Sicily to New York. There he pursued a career as a fashion illustrator. Yet throughout his celebrated career, Rosmini painted for himself. He was friends with Picasso and Dali. Many of the works in the exhibition show the influence of those friendships and the art movements of mid-20th century. Rosmini lived out his life in the quiet mountainside of Tryon doing what he loved best – painting.  He died in Tryon in 1996. He was 90 years old.

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On Saturday, Sept. 5, from 11 a.m. to noon, the gallery will host a coffee and conversation with Sean Sharp, Rosmini’s stepson. Sean has fond memories of growing up under John’s influence. He remembers seeing his father’s works hang in MOMA when he was a small child.  The public is invited to join us for this informal discussion time.


A small pamphlet with images of the paintings in the exhibition, as well as Rosmini’s story, is available by contacting the gallery.


The location of the gallery is about three miles from downtown Greenville. The hours are Tuesday-Friday from 1-5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For more information call 864-268-2771. Visit for a preview.


–       Submitted by Sandy Rupp