Jan 30, 2020 - Sale 2528

Sale 2528 - Lot 34

Price Realized: $ 10,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
ARTHUR ROSE (1921 - 1995)
The Port of Charleston.

Oil on masonite board, 1969. 508x864 mm; 20x34 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.

Provenance: the Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., Chicago.

Born in Charleston, SC, Arthur Rose Sr. was a painter, sculptor, professor and influential leader in the arts of HBCUs and South Carolina. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Rose graduated cum laude from Claflin University in 1950, becoming just the second student in the school's history to earn a degree in art. Thereafter Rose attended New York University and studied under several note artists, including Hale Woodruff, earning his Master's Degree in 1952.

That year Rose returned to Claflin, founding the school's Department of Art, and beginning a thirty-one year tenure, including holding the department's Chair, through 1976. In 1977, Rose took an eight-year leave of absence during which he was artist-in-residence at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, before returning to Claflin as an associate professor of art. One of his students, artist Leo Twiggs went on to establish the visual art program and museum at South Carolina State College; Twiggs refers to Rose as 'the Dean of Black Arts in South Carolina." In 2005, Claflin University renamed their museum after Arthur Rose. His paintings have been included in numerous museum exhibitions, and are found in the Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC, and the collection of the South Carolina State Museum.