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The four kinds of men

Alan Rose
Portland, OR

About the Artist

Alan Rose was born and raised in rural Nebraska. After a stint in the Navy, he moved to Chicago where he attended the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Over the years he held a variety of jobs but finally settled into the graphic design/illustration field, working mainly in the Pacific Northwest. For the past eight years Alan has been a full-time painter in Portland.

Alan's paintings depict ordinary people in everyday situations, but with a quirky, offbeat point of view. He begins by making quick, scribbly drawings on paper until an interesting image and concept emerge. He looks for …

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About the Artist

Alan Rose was born and raised in rural Nebraska. After a stint in the Navy, he moved to Chicago where he attended the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Over the years he held a variety of jobs but finally settled into the graphic design/illustration field, working mainly in the Pacific Northwest. For the past eight years Alan has been a full-time painter in Portland.

Alan’s paintings depict ordinary people in everyday situations, but with a quirky, offbeat point of view. He begins by making quick, scribbly drawings on paper until an interesting image and concept emerge. He looks for the right balance of seriousness, silliness and ambiguity. When he begins to apply paint to the canvas, his technique becomes more constrained and precise. His flat, cartoony and controlled imagery suits his preference for edgy but droll humor.

But does humor have a place in serious art? Alan thinks so because he believes that humor is an essential part of reality, not merely a distraction from it.

Artist’s Work

The view from a viewblocker
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The View From A Viewblocker

By Alan Rose

Almost compatible
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Almost Compatible

By Alan Rose

Opinion zombie
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Opinion Zombie

By Alan Rose

A good story hijacked
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A Good Story Hijacked

By Alan Rose

Fog closing in
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Fog Closing In

By Alan Rose

Approaching non indecisiveness maybe
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Approaching Non-Indecisiveness, Maybe

By Alan Rose

Forbidden freight
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Forbidden Freight

By Alan Rose

The butter handlers
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The Butter Handlers

By Alan Rose

Heart to heart
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Heart to Heart

By Alan Rose

There may be secrets
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There May Be Secrets

By Alan Rose

Man and his stuff
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Man and His Stuff

By Alan Rose

Waiting for deliverance
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Waiting for Deliverance

By Alan Rose

Basemental nocturne
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Basemental Nocturne

By Alan Rose

Fud kort blackout
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Füd Kort Blackout

By Alan Rose

Pandoras toaster
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Pandora's Toaster

By Alan Rose

Self made man support team
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Self-Made Man Support Team

By Alan Rose

Breaking through the maybe
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Breaking Through the Maybe

By Alan Rose

Twin study
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Twin Study

By Alan Rose

Mighty big iceberg
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Mighty Big Iceberg

By Alan Rose

The future past two step
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The Future-Past Two-Step

By Alan Rose

And the bringers shall bring
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And The Bringers Shall Bring

By Alan Rose

Together we are average
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Together We Are Average

By Alan Rose

Getting out more
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Getting Out More

By Alan Rose

A frank exchange of views
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A Frank Exchange of Views

By Alan Rose

Avoiding a void
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Avoiding a Void

By Alan Rose

Cake and commentary
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Cake and Commentary

By Alan Rose

Free admission night
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Free Admission Night

By Alan Rose

Nature nurture not sure
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Nature, Nurture, Not Sure

By Alan Rose

A pathetic man with apathetic children
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A Pathetic Man With Apathetic Children

By Alan Rose

Vigilant angel ghost
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Vigilant Angel-Ghost

By Alan Rose

Free whisky dystopia
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Free Whisky Dystopia

By Alan Rose

Tango redemption
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Tango Redemption

By Alan Rose

Resignation day
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Resignation Day

By Alan Rose

Fussy flurries
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Fussy Flurries

By Alan Rose

An uncommon noise
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An Uncommon Noise

By Alan Rose

Cactus root tour
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Cactus Root Tour

By Alan Rose

Slow storm
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Slow Storm

By Alan Rose

Dreams deffered diverged
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Dreams Diverged, Deferred

By Alan Rose

The curse of potential
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The Curse of Potential

By Alan Rose

Ukulelegs
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Ukulelegs

By Alan Rose

I guess shes got troubles too
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I Guess She's Got Troubles Too

By Alan Rose

Indecision music
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Indecision Music

By Alan Rose

Zealots changing sides
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Zealots Changing Sides

By Alan Rose

A toast to our similarities
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A Toast to Our Similarities

By Alan Rose

Perception correction
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Perception Correction

By Alan Rose

Illumination 3
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Illumination

By Alan Rose

Straw men arguing while waiting
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Straw Men Arguing While Waiting

By Alan Rose

Breakfast with a humble opinion
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Breakfast With A Humble Opinion

By Alan Rose

Dangerous music 2
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Dangerous Music

By Alan Rose

The four kinds of men
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The Four Kinds of Men

By Alan Rose

The six kinds of women
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The Six Kinds of Women

By Alan Rose

Flagrant levitation
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Flagrant Levitation

By Alan Rose

Selected Exhibitions

  • Pond Gallery
    Portland, Ore., 2015
  • 12x16 Gallery
    Portland, Ore., 2014
  • Gallery at Jupiter Hotel
    Portland, Ore., 2012
  • Multnomah Arts Center
    Portland, Ore, 2011
  • Lower Columbia College Art Gallery
    Longview, Wash., 2011

Press and Accolades

  • Eleven PDX arts magazine
    Issue 1, Vol. 4, 2011
  • The Artist's Magazine
    March 2009

Education

  • Marylhurst University, MA
    Marylhurst, Oregon,1988 
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA
    Chicago,1971 
  • Chicago Academy of Fine Arts,
    Chicago,1969