William Rose is a figurative/portrait artist who works primarily in oil and has attracted a significant following of corporate, institutional and private collectors with both his traditional portraits and contemporary, non-traditional figurative work. Collectors and clients include the Kansas City Royals, Texas A&M, Kansas State University, H&R Block, the Stowers Institute, the Archer Foundation, Saint Luke’s Health System, Clint Eastwood and other film celebrities, the Tullman Collection in Chicago, and many other private collectors across the country.
In 2016 William was commissioned by Kansas City Royals to paint the celebrated mural for the main lobby of Kauffman Stadium – “Forever Royal” commemorating the 2015 World Series Championship. In addition to several other Royals player portraits, his sports-related work has included commissions to paint seventeen oil paintings for the new stadium at Texas A&M – painting a dozen formal portraits of notable stadium donors in addition to several action paintings of A&M football legends. He was recently commissioned to paint a portrait of iconic Kansas State football coach, Bill Spyder, which hangs in Kansas State’s new stadium.
Following a prestigious cover feature in 2009 with American Artist’s Drawing Magazine, William was asked to produce all of the figurative/portrait artwork for a film with the Eastwood’s, “The Forger” in Carmel, CA. The Kansas City Star ran a full-page feature story on William – Local Artist Catches Eye of Hollywood. Additionally, he has been featured in national competitions, shows and publications including Artist Magazine’s The Year’s Best Art, American Artist Magazine’s 70th Anniversary COmpetition, and International Artist Magazine’s Annual Competition.
William was commissioned a few years ago to do the cover drawing for Strathmore’s 400 Series Drawing Pads, the most popular artist drawing pad in the world. He has numerous publication covers and features including POets and Artists Magazine, American Artist Magazine, Blue Canvas, and was featured in the book Stroke of Genius. He has also been profiled locally in 435 South Magazine, KC Magazine, The Independent, and KC Studio, and has been featured many times on network television.
In 2014 William had his first solo museum show at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. A cover story and review in a local entertainment magazine said of William’s work…”In Rose’s work you’ll find distress, determination, exhaustion, regret, lust, joy, fight, focus and even fiery anger. He knows how to expertly capture every range of emotion.”