The Watchers


This show is largely inspired by a trip I took to an extraordinary place called Jawai in India in search of Leopards. A magical place hidden between Jodhpur and Udaipur where leopards live in harmony with a nomadic people called the Rabari. This harmonious relationship between man and animal means the leopards are thriving.

They live amongst sacred rocks dotted with temples in a breathtaking landscape that is almost Jurassic. We were lucky enough to spend time with Leopards every day and witnessed sights that will be forever etched in my memory, a mother with cubs, an owl fighting off  young leopard and the flirtation between a male and female a couple of meters from us to name a few. As always I was struck by the beauty and power of these animals in their natural habitat and I hope that in this ever developing world, a world that now needs to fight for conservation, that this extraordinary place with its fascinating people and wildlife will remain protected.

As an artist and particularly one inspired by wildlife I spend a great deal of my time watching and well being watched! In this body of work not only am I trying to convey what I have seen but also this sense of my place in their presence. These are wild souls that exist in a world that we will never fully understand and it is this essence of wildness, this spirit, this power and magic that I am always chasing after in my work.

What immortal hand or eye dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
— William Blake
Rose Corcoran’s work is captures the very essence of wild animals from their immense strength and power to their elegance and fluidity.

Through her work on the face she adds hugely into the moment and nature of capture. I have watched Rose at work in India with wild tigers for more then 15 years and seen her work in Africa. The results of her field visits have created stunning and spectacular portraiture of an array of wild animals. Rose’s engagement with wildlife and especially the big cats, reflects her concern for them and with her exhibitions she is able to provide generous contributions for their conservation. I am sure this exhibition will be a resounding success.
— Valmik Thapar, Delhi India