William Balthazar Rose - portrait

William Balthazar Rose

United Kingdom 1961

Painting

www.william-balthazar-rose.co.uk

William Balthazar Rose
William Balthazar Rose
Male
United Kingdom
1961
January 20, 2018
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

William Balthazar Rose is an English painter who lives in Sansepolcro, Tuscany and Bath, England. He works in a number of genres of which he is best known for his ‘Cooks’. William was born in Cambridge, England in the early 1960s. His family moved to Texas and then Mexico before his father became a founding member of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He began to draw and paint at a young age spending a year in Italy at the age of ten where he discovered the Italian masters and became interested in all forms of art and architecture.

William Balthazar Rose - Night, 2010
William Balthazar Rose – Night, 2010, photo by Peter Stone

Education and Lectures

His years as a student were marked with a range of exposures and experiments, initiating visionary preoccupations and liberating a passionate ability in painting. After receiving degrees from the College of Environmental Design, Cal Berkeley, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, he moved to the East Coast and gained a Masters from Princeton University. Kes Zapkus, Eduardo Carrillo, Don Weygandt, Jack Zajac were amongst his teachers. He worked briefly as an architect before turning to painting. He has lectured at Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, and at Baskin Arts on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus where he taught the Outdoor Painters Project a painting program initiated by the bay area painter Terry St John.

William Balthazar Rose - Purple Vase, 2016
William Balthazar Rose – Purple Vase, 2016, photo credits Graphx

Cooks Series

Rose has taken many years to evolve a personal style and vision, traveling frequently to inform himself of the great arts and cultures of the past. Initially, he based himself in San Francisco. He became friends and colleagues with Terry St John, Denis Hare, Christopher Brown, Anthony Dubovsky and other exponents of the Bay Area figurative tradition. The painter Wayne Thiebaud took an interest in his work and purchased work through the Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery. During this period he began painting the series that he calls ‘Cooks’. The first examples were painted on small wooden panels and usually included a larger figure sitting to one side. Often inspired by medieval painting there is a comic quality to these painting which despite their origins in religious iconography speak of humanity’s eternal role as actors on the stage of life, sometimes play acting with great humor and other times acting out the gravest of tragedies.

William Balthazar Rose - Cook First Birthday, 2014
William Balthazar Rose – Cook’s First Birthday, 2014, photo by Peter Stone

William Balthazar Rose Art

Feeling a need to continue working in the tradition he discovered as a child, he moved to Sansepolcro, Tuscany, the birthplace of Piero della Francesca in 2003. This began a period of immense production and development, both in terms of painting and the birth of a personal vision. Aspects of symbolism, lyricism and the primitive began to appear and with these the discovery of the metaphysical. Landscape and still life became central themes, though it was the human condition that stirred the most interest, causing the Derrida Scholar Sean Gaston to pronounce:

“It is in this gap and the strange, almost impossible, conversation between Piero della Francesca and Franz Kafka that the work of William Rose resonates.”

William Balthazar Rose - Geometric Hillside Umbria, 2012
William Balthazar Rose – Geometric Hillside Umbria, 2012, photo credits Graphx

Exhibitions

Rose has exhibited widely in the United States, England and Continental Europe and he has exhibited alongside such artists as Howard Hodgkin, Wolf Kahn, Luca Pignatelli, Adriano Alunni and Massimo Campigli. His work has been deeply influenced by Cezanne, Balthus, Corot, Giorgio Morandi and Goya in painting, and Pasolini and Peter Greenaway in film.

Featured image: William Balthazar Rose – portrait
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017The Devil made the Cook, two person exhibition with Howard HodgkinThe Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, EnglandDuo
2017Recent WorkAlan Kluckow Gallery, Suningdale, EnglandSolo
2017Mostra Personale di Nuovi QuadriGrantfield Gallery, Sansepolcro, Tuscany, ItalySolo
2017Christmas ShowBrian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, EnglandGroup
2017Group ShowWinfield Gallery, Carmel, California USAGroup
2017Figurative Group ShowRed Rag Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
2017Bath Society of ArtistsVictoria Art Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
2017Summer Music FestivalGrantfield Galleria, Anghiari, Tuscany, ItalyGroup
2016Nido dell’AquilaMuseo Bourbon del Monte, MSM Tiberina. Umbria, ItalySolo
2016Cucino, rubo, sposo, amoGrefti Gallery, Umbertide, Umbria, ItalySolo
20163 IdentitaLa Rocca di Umbertide, Umbria, ItalyGroup
2016The Unbearable Lightness of SeeingGrantfield Gallery, Anghiari, Tuscany, ItalySolo
2016Group ShowAlan Kluckow Gallery, Sunningvale, EnglandGroup
2016UnannoGrefti Gallery, Umbertide, Umbria, ItalyGroup
2016Vicini di CasaRanieri Center, Civitella Ranieri, Umbria, ItalyGroup
2016Christmas ShowFelix & Spear, London, EnglandGroup
2016Bath Society of ArtistsVictoria Art Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
2015William Balthazar RoseThe Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, EnglandSolo
2015Recent WorkRed Rag Gallery, Bath, EnglandSolo
2015Mother of Peace Charity ExhibitionBrian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, EnglandGroup
2015Group ShowAlan Kluckow Gallery, Sunningvale, EnglandGroup
2015Bath Society of ArtistsVictoria Art Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
2014New WorkBrian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, EnglandSolo
2014Recent WorkS&D Gallery, Kensington, London, EnglandSolo
2014Group Show BSAMariners Gallery, St. Ives. EnglandGroup
2014Summer Group ExhibitionLemon Street Gallery, Truro, EnglandGroup
2014William Balthazar Rose Recent WorkBrian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, EnglandSolo
2014Bath Society of ArtistsVictoria Art Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
2013The Painter Cook and FriendsS&D Gallery, Kensington, London, EnglandSolo
2013BSA Group ShowRoyal Science and Literary Institute, Bath, EnglandGroup
2013Christmas ShowBrian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, EnglandGroup
2013Bath Society of ArtistsVictoria Art Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
2012Mysterious IconographyBrian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, EnglandSolo
2012Recent Work William Balthazar RoseGallery 27, London, EnglandSolo
2012Italian JourneyQuest Gallery, Bath, EnglandSolo
2012Charity Exhibition & AuctionHelen & Douglas House Hospice, Delfina, London, EnglandGroup
2012Mostra Colectiva Rocca PolinaRocca Paolina, Perugia, ItalyGroup
2012Group ShowBrian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, EnglandGroup
2011William Balthazar Rose New WorkBrian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, EnglandSolo
2011Bath Society of ArtistsVictoria Art Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
2010The Artist’s Studio & Other WorksBath Library, Bath, EnglandSolo
2010Group Exhibition Gallery leFort. Bath, EnglandGroup
2010Mostra collectivaGalleria La Loggia, Sansepolcro, Tuscany. ItalyGroup
2010Bath Society of ArtistsVictoria Art Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
2009Tradition and an Individual TalentGallery LeFort, Bath, EnglandSolo
2009Speaking of SansepolcroMeredith College, Sansepolcro, Tuscany, ItalySolo
2009157th Annual ExhibitionRoyal West of England. Bristol, EnglandGroup
2009An Exhibition of DrawingsPeteleys, London, EnglandGroup
2009The Bath Prize 2009Octagon, Bath, EnglandGroup
2009Inspired by Bath The Bath Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
2008Khulla Dhoka: The Open DoorKathmandu Arts. London, EnglandGroup
2007Musicisti Cubisti & Other Paintings11 Princelet Street Gallery. London, EnglandSolo
2007Sinfonia di CappelliGalleria La Loggia. Sansepolcro, Arezzo, ItalySolo
2007Sinfonia di Cappelli IIGalleria La Loggia, Cortona, Tuscany, ItalySolo
2007Mostra PersonaliCanova Art Gallery. San Giorgio a Cremona, Naples, ItalySolo
2007Bath Society of ArtistsVictoria Art Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
2004William Rose:Images from Bath and ItalyVictoria Art Gallery, Bath, EnglandSolo
2004Da deChirico a FerroniGalleria D’Arte La Loggia, Sansepolcro, ItalyGroup
2004PuzzlePiazza Garibaldi, Anghiari, Tuscany, ItalyGroup
20031st Estemporanea all’ artista Poverini“Bar Golf” Anghiari, Tuscany, ItalyGroup
2003Mostra PersonaliComune di Anghiari, Tuscany, ItalySolo
2002Pastorals and Other WorkR.E. Bucheli Gallery, Bath, EnglandSolo
2002Mostra Internazionale Bastia, Umbria, ItalyGroup
2002Group ShowCamden Fine Art, Bath, EnglandGroup
2002Bath Society of ArtistsVictoria Art Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
200120th Century Modern British ExhibitionCamden Fine Art, Bath, EnglandGroup
2001Festa d'AutunnoComune di MSM Tiberina, Umbria, ItalySolo
2000Group ShowWinfield Gallery, Carmel, California, USAGroup
1999Group ShowWinfield Gallery, Carmel, California USAGroup
1998Square CircleWalcott Village Hall, Bath, EnglandGroup
1997William Balthazar Rose Eloise Picard Smith Gallery, University of California Santa Cruz USASolo
1996William Rose New WorkThomas Babeor and Company, La Jolla, California USASolo
1996Juried CompetitionThe Schoolhouse Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
1996ART96 The London Contemporary Art Fair, London, EnglandGroup
1995William Balthazar Rose Recent PaintingsCampbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, California, USASolo
199520th Century British ArtThe Royal College of Art. London, EnglandGroup
1995Family & FriendsThe Schoolhouse Gallery, Bath, EnglandGroup
1995ART 95Business Design Centre, Islington, London, EnglandGroup
1995Group ShowThomas Babeor and Co. La Jolla, California, USAGroup
1994William Rose New WorkThomas Babeor and Co. La Jolla, California, USASolo
1994Exhibition of Realist PaintingsThomas Babeor and Co. La Jolla, California, USAGroup
1994Bay to Delta: A Celebration of Sixty YearsWeir Gallery, Berkeley, California, USAGroup
1994Art Board Faculty ExhibitionSesnon Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, USAGroup
1994Group ShowCampbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, California, USAGroup
1994Group ShowAnthony Hepworth Fine Art @Clive Jennings Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
1994US Art, an exhibition and sale of American ArtHerbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1993William Rose: PaintingsAnthony Hepworth, Bath, EnglandSolo
1992140th Annual ExhibitionRoyal West of England, Bristol, EnglandGroup
1992Oexmann Art Awards ExhibitionMuseum Art Gallery, Devizes, EnglandGroup
1992Group ExhibitionForum Gallery, New York City, New York, USAGroup
1992Introductions: William RoseCampbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, California, USASolo
1991Christmas Group ShowCampbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, California, USAGroup
1989II PaintersLucas Gallery, Princeton University, New Jersey, USAGroup
1988Group ExhibitionLucas Gallery, Princeton University, New Jersey, USAGroup
1987Fifth Year Degree ShowSesnon Gallery, UCSC, Santa Cruz, California, USAGroup
1986Self-PortraitsStevenson Coffee Shop, UCSC, Santa Cruz, California, USAGroup
1985Santa Cruz LandscapesSmith Gallery, UCSC, Santa Cruz, California, USAGroup
1984Art + Architecture + Landscapethe Museum Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USAGroup
1981Three PaintersWurster Hall, CED, Berkeley, California, USAGroup