About Jim Rose

Bio of Jim Rose, Artist | In Memoriam

Jim Rose (1966 – 2023) was an American artist and craftsman who constructed handmade steel furniture, objects, and sculpture. Born in Indiana, Jim Rose lived in Paris, Puerto Rico, and England through high school. He returned to the United States to attend Bard College in upstate New York. After a year at Bard, Jim transferred to the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and graduated with a BFA in 1988.

Jim produced multiple bodies of work including Shaker-inspired pieces, works motivated by the quilts of Gee’s Bend, and work derived from early Chinese furnishings. Primarily working with steel found in the scrap yards across the Midwest, his selection of aged steel results in a patina directly related to that of aged wood while his colored strips beautifully mimic worn cloth. He also worked on collage and sculptural pieces inspired by architecture.

Rose lived and worked in scenic Door County, Wisconsin, which he made his home for the majority of his career. His ties to Wisconsin ran deep: the state was the home of his parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.

The words on the other pages of this website are his own, which he updated a day before his death by suicide.

He is survived by a father, aunt, two sisters, nieces and a nephew, and extended family. His loving family hopes that he has found peace. While the pain of losing the gentle, caring human being that Jim was is intense, the family celebrates the life he lived through the infinite legacy of his artistic brilliance.


Selected Collections

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.

Note for the record. The original website for Jim’s business, jimrosefurniture dot com, was never surrendered to Jim by Suzanne Rose during their acrimonious divorce. This is despite a court order that Jim should have sole control of his website. Suzanne demanded an astronomical dollar amount in return for the site, which was in no way merited. Suzanne Rose jealously hung onto control of his website, as she had attempted to control Jim himself; it was one more way to marginalize his brilliance and stifle his gentle soul. Instead of fighting for the website, or paying the ransom for its control, he made the decision to abandon that web property and move on.

During Jim’s recovery from his first suicide attempt, he and his sister, Anne, purchased a new domain (jimroseartist dot com) and built what became this website. It mirrored the valiant effort Jim made to rebuild his life and his career. He wanted more than anything to be rebranded as “Jim Rose, Artist.” He saw a future free from the narcissistic and controlling environment he was trying to escape. He wanted his artistic endeavors to expand to sculpture, structures, and both 2- and 3-dimensional collage. He was well on his way to imagining a new future as a multi-faceted artist.

After Jim’s death, Suzanne stole the domain jimroseartist dot com by submitting his death certificate and falsely claiming that she had sole control of his estate.

The Instagram account associated with his original website URL is also now controlled by his ex-wife, and was accessed using the same tools. Anne moved all the content from jimroseartist dot com to the new domain jimroseartist dot memorial.

The dot com domains jimrosefurniture and jimroseartist are in no way related to the honest legacy of Jim Rose, Artist, and are solely controlled by his ex-wife for her own benefit.

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