What makes Jim Rose’s handmade furniture so special is his sensitivity to boundaries between fine art and craft. His work has the striking clarity of an artist fluent in varied processes and techniques that embody a utilitarian, spiritual, and artistic understanding. Primarily working with steel found in the scrap yards across the Midwest, Rose employs techniques that reflect both Shaker-influenced and Asian inspired designs. In his recent cupboards he has incorporated the patterns that are characteristic of the quilts of Gee's Bend. The artist received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and currently resides in Wisconsin.
In 2003 after viewing an exhibit at The Milwaukee Art Museum of the quilts of Gee's Bend I was inspired to add new components to my furniture making process to create a series of quilt cupboards. The piecing of found painted, scratched and marred scrap metals inspired designs of blocks and grids to create pieces of furniture whose designs blithely compliment their purpose.
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin; Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, Arizona; The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York; John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Kohler Company, Kohler, Wisconsin; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Indianapolis, Indiana; The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin; Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin.