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. Before leaving Portland, Maine, I painted a couple of murals in local businesses and had a solo show in the Maine College of Art's Clapp House Gallery. I also had a painting accepted in the Maine College off Art juried alumni show in Manhattan.
From 1995 until 2006, I lived in San Francisco, California. I worked for many years as an artist in the Bay Area. I showed my work at the California College of Art, Back Stage Gallery and Art SF. I also was able to have a solo show in the XYZ Bar in the SF Hotel W.
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 the UAG. I also showed work at the Albany Center Gallery.
In 2008, I relocated to NYC. I lived 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, including 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 moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn. Here I began to use markers to draw. I returned to studio art as my focus. I moved to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn from Park Slope with my beautiful new family at the end of 2013. For two years I only drew with charcoal or markers. I returned to oil painting in 2015. After one year, in 2016, I was accepted in the Chashama Studio Program in the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, where I currently practice my art.
2016 to present, Chashama Studio Program, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
1990-1994, Maine College of Art, Portland Maine.
- BFA in painting.
Classes and Workshops:
1994, Haystack Mountain School, Deer Isle, Maine.
1999, New Horizons, Walnut Creek, California.
-Illustrator, Photoshop, Advanced HTML.
2004, California College of the Arts.
- Oil painting.
- Visiting artist lecture series.
2015, Foundation Center, Manhattan.
- Grant writing workshop.
2015, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, with Soaring Gardens Artist Retreat, Manhattan, NY.
- Panel discussion. Mid-Career Boost: Challenges and Opportunities.
1994, Clapp House Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine.
2003, XYZ, Hotel W, San Francisco, California.
2009, Capital Repertory Theater, Albany, New York.
2009, The Gallery Bar, 120 Orchard Street, Manhattan.
2009, NY Public Library, Harlem Branch, 9 W124th Street, Manhattan.
2009, NY Public Library, George Bruce Branch, W125th Street, Manhattan.
2010, NY Public Library, St Agnes Branch, Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan.
2010, Gilles Larrain Gallery and Art Salon, 95 Grand Street, Manhattan.
2010, Proctor's Theater Guild Room Gallery, Schenectady, New York.
2013-2014, Brooklyn Work Shop Gallery, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
2014, Spoke The Hub, Drawing New York, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
1995, Maine College of Art, Juried Alumni Show, Moser Gallery, Madison Ave, Manhattan.
1996, The Hand, Post Street, San Francisco, California,
1999, Viv Emerging Artist Show, Polk Street, San Francisco, California.
2004, California College of Art, Staff Exhibit, Oakland, California.
2004, Studio Z, Silent Auction, San Francisco, California.
2005, ArtSF, Say What!?, San Francisco, California.
2005, ArtSF, Undertones, San Francisco, California.
2006, Back Stage Gallery, Polk Street, San Francisco, California.
2006, Riders Mills, CCCA, Old Chatham, New York.
2007, Hudson Arts Walk, Warren Street, Hudson, New York
2008, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, New York.
2008, Upstate Artist Guild, Albany, New York.
2010, Icosahedron Gallery, 606 West 26th Street, Manhattan.
2011, Art Space, Scrawl, New Haven, Connecticut.
2011, Harlow Gallery, The Drawing Story, 160 Water St., Hallowell, Maine.
2011, The Loom, Figuratively Speaking, 1087 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
2011, Mana Fine Art Annex, Exquisite Corpse, 227 Coles Street, Jersey City, N.J.
2011, Printed Matter, Art of Occupy, 10th Ave, Chelsea, Manhattan.
2011, Blue Stockings, Art from Occupy Wall Street, LES, Manhattan.
2012, GCCA, Wall Street to Main Street, curated by Imani Brown and Fawn Potash, Main Street, Catskill, New York.
2013, Lazarus Gallery, Art of Play, New Rochelle, New York.
2014, Limner Gallery, Small Works, Hudson, New York.
2014, BAC, Access Art, 111 Front Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn.
2015, 440 Gallery, Small Works exhibition, curated by Bill Carroll, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
2016, BRIC House Gallery, Up for Debate, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.
2016, Trestle Gallery, Small Works, curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari, Gowanus, Brooklyn.
2016, Art Slope, Big Tent, curated by Jonathan Blum, Dara Oshin, and Eric Wolf, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
2016, Trestle Gallery, Trestle Art Benefit, curated by Mary Negro, Gowanus, Brooklyn.
2016, 440 Gallery, Small Works, curated by JoAnne McFarland, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
2017, Ground Floor Gallery, Marked Urgent, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
2017, Industry City, PS 295 arts program benefit, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
2017, Trestle Gallery, Small Works, curated by Bill Carroll, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
2017, 440 Gallery, Home, curated by Joan Bankemper, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
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.
Artist Talks given:
2009, Harlem Branch, New York Public Library, regarding the artwork I had on display in the library.
2011, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, New York, regarding my artwork of the OWS movement.
2011, 16 Beaver Street, Manhattan, New York, regarding my artwork of the OWS movement.
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.
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.
2008, Metroland, weekly editorial and entertainment paper, "Cirque de la Nightclub", profile on James Rose organization of artistic events in Albany, New York.
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.
2010, Time Out New York, Own This City, "James Rose, Art show in Greenpoint", October.