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John Rose moved from England to China in 1976 where he taught painting and drawing at the University of Hong Kong while exhibiting regularly at the Art Center gallery. He traveled extensively throughout Asia absorbing the shapes, colors and flavors, inspiring his work today.
He was a painter until the early 90's, when his work took on a more three-dimensional format and evolved into sculpture. He uses poplar wood to construct the Zen-like forms that bear relation to his interest in visual scientific data. Poplar has great malleability and can be bent, molded and twisted into calligraphic like forms, portrayed in
Residing in Los Angeles since 1983, he has exhibited in the US continuously and has achieved international recognition with many corporate commissions around the world - his most recent commission being the installation of 16 large scale hanging sculptures in the entrance of The Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, FL.
In 2003 The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art purchased a major sculpture from his "Infinity" series and was displayed in the 'Minimalism and More' exhibition. Two solo shows followed in January 2004, at the Bentley Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.
He currently lives and works in Venice, CA and is showing new sculpture at the 'Bentley Projects Gallery', in Phoenix, AZ and ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY.
His sculpture, Odalisque forms part of the permanent collection at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.