I was born in 1972 and raised in the hamlet of Niverville, New York, which is in the Hudson River Valley. From 1990 to 1994, I earned a BFA in painting at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.

I moved to San Francisco, California in 1995. I worked there for 11 years in the nightlife industry, while showing my work in different venues and galleries. I was also able to spend time at the California College of Art. I worked within different offices and was able to attend some classes during my time there. One of my best experiences was working for the Wattis Institute, assisting them with their opening receptions.

I returned to the Hudson Valley in 2006. I participated in art shows through the Columbia County Council of the Arts in Hudson, NY. In 2007, I joined the Upstate Artist Guild in Albany, NY. I was an organizer of three fund raiser art auctions for them in early 2008. I also showed art work at the Albany Center Gallery.

In 2008, I relocated to NYC, living in different neighborhoods in Manhattan and Queens. My work was mostly oil paintings set in the subways, streets and parks of NYC. In 2011, I was active in the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement. I was a member of the Arts and Culture working group which met at 60 Wall Street and I also participated in several General Assemblies. I made many drawings of Zuccotti Park during the three month occupation, which were included in the book, Occupying Wall Street, published by OR Books. I also participated in some very creative direct action, the most notable were the Tax Dodgers, a street theater group using baseball as a metaphor to illustrate tax dodging corporations.

With the birth of my son in 2012, I joined my new family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Here I began to use markers to draw. I returned to studio art as my focus. We moved to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn from Park Slope at the end of 2013. For two years I only drew with charcoal or markers. I returned to oil painting in 2015. 

In 2016, I was accepted in the Chashama Studio Program in the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, where I currently practice my art in my private studio. I have shown my work in galleries and art spaces mostly throughout Brooklyn but also throughout the Tri-State area.

In 2018, I began the MA in Art Education program at Brooklyn College. It has been a new chapter that I am really enjoying. I also began teaching ceramics, painting and wood working at Bay Ridge Prep in Brooklyn. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience.



2016 to present, Chashama Studio Program, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Sunset Park, Brooklyn



2018- 2020, Brooklyn College

- MA in Art Education, Brooklyn, NY

1990-1994, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

- BFA in painting

Classes and Workshops:

2004, California College of the Arts

- Oil painting

- Visiting artist lecture series

1999, New Horizons, Walnut Creek, California

-Illustrator, Photoshop, Advanced HTML

1994, Haystack Mountain School, Deer Isle, Maine

- Blacksmithing


Solo Exhibitions:

2014, Spoke The Hub, Drawing New York, Park Slope, Brooklyn

2013-2014, Brooklyn Work Shop Gallery, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

2010, Proctor's Theater Guild Room Gallery, Schenectady, New York

2010, Gilles Larrain Gallery and Art Salon, 95 Grand Street, Manhattan

2010, NY Public Library, St Agnes Branch, Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan

2009, NY Public Library, George Bruce Branch, W125th Street, Manhattan

2009, NY Public Library, Harlem Branch, 9 W124th Street, Manhattan

2009, The Gallery Bar, 120 Orchard Street, Manhattan

2009, Capital Repertory Theater, Albany, New York

2003, XYZ, Hotel W, San Francisco, California

1994, Clapp House Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine


Group Exhibitions:

2018- 2019, The Village West Gallery, “Ancien Régime: the pre-revolutionary world”, Jersey City, NJ

2018, The Cigar Factory, Allow me to Reintroduce Myself, curated by Krista Saunders Scenna and Carolina Penafiel, LIC, Queens

2018, Schweinfurth Art Center, Made in NY, Auburn, NY

2017, Ground Floor Gallery, Holiday Market, Park Slope, Brooklyn

2017, Point Green, Tremors, curated by Monika Lidia, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

2017, Ground Floor Gallery, Priority Mail, Park Slope, Brooklyn

2017, 440 Gallery, Home, curated by Joan Bankemper, Park Slope, Brooklyn

2017, Trestle Gallery, Small Works, curated by Bill Carroll, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

2017, Industry City, PS 295 arts program benefit, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

2017, Ground Floor Gallery, Marked Urgent, Park Slope, Brooklyn

2016, 440 Gallery, Small Works, curated by JoAnne McFarland, Park Slope, Brooklyn

2016, Trestle Gallery, Trestle Art Benefit, curated by Mary Negro, Gowanus, Brooklyn

2016, Art Slope, Big Tent, curated by Jonathan Blum, Dara Oshin, and Eric Wolf, Park Slope, Brooklyn

2016, Trestle Gallery, Small Works, curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari, Gowanus, Brooklyn

2016, BRIC House Gallery, Up for Debate, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

2015, 440 Gallery, Small Works exhibition, curated by Bill Carroll, Park Slope, Brooklyn

2014, BAC, Access Art, 111 Front Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn

2014, Limner Gallery, Small Works, Hudson, New York

2013, Lazarus Gallery, Art of Play, New Rochelle, New York

2012, GCCA, Wall Street to Main Street, curated by Imani Brown and Fawn Potash, Main Street, Catskill, New York

2011, Blue Stockings, Art from Occupy Wall Street, LES, Manhattan

2011, Printed Matter, Art of Occupy, 10th Ave, Chelsea, Manhattan

2011, Mana Fine Art Annex, Exquisite Corpse, 227 Coles Street, Jersey City, N.J

2011, The Loom, Figuratively Speaking, 1087 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY

2011, Harlow Gallery, The Drawing Story, 160 Water St., Hallowell, Maine

2011, Art Space, Scrawl, New Haven, Connecticut

2010, Icosahedron Gallery, 606 West 26th Street, Manhattan

2008, Upstate Artist Guild, Albany, New York

2008, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, New York

2007, Hudson Arts Walk, Warren Street, Hudson, New York

2006, Riders Mills, CCCA, Old Chatham, New York

2006, Back Stage Gallery, Polk Street, San Francisco, California

2005, ArtSF, Undertones, San Francisco, California

2005, ArtSF, Say What!?, San Francisco, California

2004, Studio Z, San Francisco, California

2004, California College of Art, Staff Exhibit, Oakland, California

1999, Viv Emerging Artist Show, Polk Street, San Francisco, California

1996, The Hand, Post Street, San Francisco, California

1995, Maine College of Art, Juried Alumni Show, Moser Gallery, Madison Ave, Manhattan


Public Art/Social Practice/Collaborative:

2015, Queens Museum, Public Faculty #9, a group of artists set up a living room in public space and invited people from the neighborhood to answer the question, "How do you feel connected?", led by Jeanne Van Heeswijk.

2012, The Tax Dodgers, a street theater group using the metaphor of baseball to point out the top 30 tax dodging corporations (Dirty Thirty). A group of activists (an offshoot of OWS) dressed in authentic Brooklyn Dodger baseball uniforms and performed in the streets in front of the corporation's head quarters in Manhattan. Covered by CNN, NY Times, Democracy Now, Huffington Post and given a display case in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

2011-2013, Peiople's Puppets of Occupy Wall Street, I was a member of this collaborative street performance group. We used large scale puppets and artful props to illustrate critical issues for demonstrations, marches and other direct actions against social injustices.


Artist Talks given:

2017, 440 Gallery, panel discussion regarding, (home), group juried show, curated by Joan Bankemper. I was alongside Robert Pennington, Nancy Doniger, Joan Bankemper, with questions from gallery director Amy Williams and the audience.

2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, Occupy Museums' Debt Fair, Counter-Commencement Ceremony, I was invited to speak about my feelings regarding debt and the financialization of artists.

2015, Queens Museum, Arts Connection, Slide Slam, chosen as one of ten artists to give a five-minute slide show of my work at the event.

2011, 16 Beaver Street, Manhattan, New York, regarding my artwork of the OWS movement.

2011, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, New York, regarding my artwork of the OWS movement.

2009, Harlem Branch, New York Public Library, regarding the artwork I had on display in the library.




2016, Yo-New York, issue #3, two paintings featured in an annual publication reflecting art and culture right now in NYC.

2015, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, "Bay Ridge Artist finds Gallery close to Home", February.

2013, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, "James Rose, Park Slope Artist to show in Gowanus", November.

2012, Occupying Wall Street, OR Books, featured drawings illustrating this collaborative novel telling the story of the first three months of the Occupy movement.

2011, Portland Press Herald, "Harlow Explores: What is Drawing", June.

2010, Time Out New York, Own This City, "James Rose, Art show in Greenpoint", October.

2009, Good Day New York, Channel 5, Fox Network, "James Rose, the People's Artist", Reporter Christal Young joins James Rose on the subway for an interview and to film him drawing subway riders.

2008, Metroland, weekly editorial and entertainment paper, "Cirque de la Nightclub", profile on James Rose organization of artistic events in Albany, New York.