William Rose, a figurative and portrait artist from Kansas, is rapidly becoming recognized on a national level as one of the new and very talented representational figurative artists painting in the country today. Following creative forays into music and writing, he unexpectedly stumbled across a previously untapped talent – and soon to follow passion – for drawing. This quickly lead to a steady stream of requests for figurative and portrait work, primarily in the form of charcoal drawings, receiving commissions from many high-profile local and national art collectors.
Soon, as William found himself gravitating to a broader, more fluid and less linear style with charcoal work, he felt confident that he was ready to paint. And as evidenced by his new works, he very quickly became accomplished at conveying with a brush – emotionally charged faces and figures with his creative use of color, texture and technique. “My desire with oil is to create and define with paint rather than simply brushing pigment between the lines.” His recent painting, “About Face”, the first in a series of large oils he is producing for an upcoming solo show this summer was featured earlier this year in a national art publication where it attracted the attention of the prominent Chicago collector, Howard Tullman. “Within days of the magazine being published, I received an email from Mr. Tullman inquiring about the availability of my painting, and he purchased it that afternoon for his extensive downtown gallery in Chicago. I am thrilled and honored to be among the extraordinary artists included in Tullman's remarkable collection – many of whom have inspired me throughout my career.”
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, California. It's about a teenage art prodigy who gets pulled into the world of international forgery, and stars Lauren Bacall, Alfred Molina, Josh Hutcherson, Hayden Panettiere and Dina Eastwood. It's scheduled to be released early 2012. His artwork is also in the corporate collection of H&R Block at their Kansas City world headquarters, and 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 2009 Annual competition.