William Rose, a figurative/portrait artist working primarily in oil and charcoal, is garnering considerable national attention and inclusion in a select group of talented contemporary figurative artists painting today. He is primarily a self-taught artist who in mid-life followed his passion for art and discovered a previously untapped talent for drawing and painting. This soon led to a steady stream of figurative and portrait work, representation with multiple galleries, and significant commission requests from many high-profile local and national art collectors.
In 2009, following a prestigious cover feature with American Artist Magazine, William was asked to produce the artwork for a new film associated with the Eastwoods in Carmel, "The Forger" – available now on DVD. His artwork is also in prominent corporate collections including H&R Block World Headquarters, Tribeca-Flashpoint in Chicago, and the Archer Foundation in Leawood. William has recently been featured in national competitions including Artist Magazine's “The Year's Best Art”, American Artist Magazine's 70th Anniversary Competition, and International Artist Magazine's Annual competition. He has numerous publication covers and features including Poets and Artists Magazine, American Artist Magazine, the art quarterly, "Blue Canvas" and recently was featured in the book, "Strokes of Genius."
The Kansas City Star ran a feature story on William last year - “Local Artist Catches Eye of Hollywood.” And he was also featured in 435 South magazine, KC Magazine, the Independent, and KC Studio magazine.
In 2012, William was chosen to produce the current cover art for Strathmore's 400 Series drawing pads, one of the most popular artist drawing papers in the world. Recently, he was commissioned to paint a portrait of iconic Kansas State football head coach, Bill Snyder to hang in the Bill Snyder family suite at the stadium. And William had his first solo museum show at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. A cover story and review in a local entertainment magazine said of William's work... “In Rose's work you'll find distress, determination, exhaustion, regret, lust, joy, fright, focus and even fiery anger. Every woman Rose paints expresses herself without a word and they all lose themselves in the emotion of the moment.”