Born in 1952 in Newfoundland, he is among the first generation of Newfoundlanders who are also Canadian.Born in Freshwater, near Placentia his mother came from Argentia; a community transformed a decade earlier by the creation of the American air force base, Fort McAndrew.Rose’s art orbits the intersecting gravities of these three cultures (Newfoundland, Canadian and American), none of which is spared by his critical eye.
Bill Rose studied Art and Art Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland, The University of Ottawa and the Ottawa School of Art, Ontario, Canada. With solo and group shows in Canada, the U.S. and Germany, Bills work can be found in public and private collections in Canada, the U.S., Australia, Switzerland, Holland and Poland.
“My grid-based work is an amalgam of Pop Art, Photorealism, humour and social commentary. I am particularly interested in the work of Warhol, Freud, Morley and Chuck Close. I have been known to paint on different materials...coins, pop cans, books and pain tablets.”
For the past 25 years I have obsessively adhered to a
system of grids to form the basis of my painting and
In my work I strive to make commentaries on a broad
spectrum of socio-political topics, including
environmentalism, patriotism, big business and the art
world itself. This is often done by employing unusual
materials, by juxtaposition of seemingly disparate
images or by overlaying traditionally painted images