William Rose Biography
William Rose is a figurative/portrait artist who works primarily in oil, and has attracted a significant national folllowing of corporate, institutional and private collectors. They include the Kansas City Royals, Texas A&M, Kansas State University, H&R Block, the Stowers Institute, the Archer Foundation, Clint Eastwood and other film celebrities, the Tullman Collection in Chicago, and many other private collectors across the country.
In 2016 Rose was commissioned by the Kansas City Royals to paint the celebrated mural for Kauffman Stadium, 'Forever Royal' commemorating the 2015 World Series Championship. This year the Royals commissioned another 10ft canvas to celebrate their 50th anniversary, which included 21 player portraits. In addition to several other Royal portraits, his sports-related work has included commissions to paint eighteen oil paintings for the new stadium at Texas A&M - painting over a dozen formal portaits of notable stadium donors in addition to several action paintings of A&M State football coach, Bill Snyder, which hangs in the Snyder suite at the new K-State football stadium.
Following a prestigious cover feature in 2009 with American Artist's Drawing Magazine, William was asked to produce all of the figurative/portrait artwork for a film with the Eastwood's 'The Forger,' in Carmel, CA. The Kansas City Star ran a full-page story on William - 'Local Artist Catches Eye of Hollywood.' Additionally, he has been featured in national competitions, shows and publications including Artist Magazine's 'The Year's Best Art,' American Artist Magazine's, '70th Anniversary Competition,' and the Internation Artist's Magazine's annual competition.
William was commissioned to do the cover art for Strathmore's 400 Series Drawing Pads, the most popular artist drawing pad in the world. He has numerous publication covers and features including 'Poets and Artists Magazine,' 'American Artist Magazine,' 'Blue Canvas,' and was featured in the book, 'Strokes of Genius.' He has also been profiled locally in 435 South Magazine, KC Magazine, The Independent, and KC Studio, and has been featured many times on network television.
In 2014 Rose 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. He knows how to expertly capture every range of emotion."