Talking to a painter like Hugh Yorty or Stanley Lewis is almost the only way to learn about George Rose. These–and other–painters speak admiringly about the intensity and inventiveness of Rose’s work. They talk about coming into a classroom to teach an early morning drawing class and finding the walls covered with drawings, by Rose, who had spent the night in the room, drawing a skull or a certain plaster cast over and over again. They talk about his problematic eyesight and the real poignancy it brings to the work done directly from the motif. Unfortunately, the only available evidence of this painter’s work is one illustration in later editions of Nathan Goldstein’s The Art of Responsive Drawing. I complained here on the blog about not being able to find examples of his work anywhere online just, like, a week ago.
So it makes me really happy to be able to change things in a small way. Here are a few examples of paintings by George Rose from the mid-1970s, when he was a professor at Southwest Missouri State University. (Provided by Martha Mincey (thank you!), who runs the Visual Resources Collection there, and with permission from Mr. Rose.)
After teaching at Southwest Missouri State (now just Missouri State), Rose went on to a career teaching at Boston University and Northwest Missouri State. He is retired from teaching now (let’s hope not from art-making) and lives in Maryville, MO.
There are more paintings to see after the cut.