A large (extreme dimensions 64 1/2" by 48 1/2"), colorful work I am tempted to call a "wall sculpture painting", by noted contemporary California artist JOHN ROSE. The impressive piece could grace an institutional setting, as indeed many sculptures by the artist now find themselves in hotels and other public spaces and corporate collections. The photos do not give justice to the three dimensionality of the piece, the strips of painted wood layered in complex patterns. Note that the sides are also painted. The artist signed and titled/dated the work on the reverse, giving the materials as "acrylic on foamcore on wood". Rose moved from England to China in 1976, teaching at the University of Hong Kong for a time, while traveling extensively through Asia. He was primarily a painter before about 1990. About that time he moved strongly towards sculpture, using pliable poplar wood for its innate characteristics. Today he is clearly best known for his sculptures. I am tempted to call them wood versions of what Dale Chilhuly creates with glass. A Los Angeles resident since 1983 (presently a Venice, CA resident), Rose's works have been featured in solo exhibitions at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica and the Bentley Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact me to discuss shipping options in the event you are not local in Southern California.
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