Fred Rose grew up along the river in Carmel Valley, CA.
He received his BFA in ceramics from California State University, Long Beach- 1992 and his MFA in sculpture from California State University, Fullerton- 2001. He taught Woodworking at California State University, Long Beach for 7 years. He is currently a self-employed artist living in Costa Mesa.
He has been making wood sculpture for the last 25 years. He is influenced by the writings of Eric Sloan and John Seymour, the works of such artists as Noguchi, David Nash, Martin Puryear, Guiseppe Penone and his own childhood along the river and in the forest.
Fred Rose is interested in how the spectrum of traditions in wood from utilitarian woodworking, wood sculpture, and folk art can act as a visual poetry about the nature of the physical world or the quirks of being human.
Most of his wood is collected from locally found logs from the urban forests of Long Beach and Costa Mesa. He mills logs into a combination of lumber, carving and turning blanks, or specimens of wood oddities.
He often combines found natural organic forms with his own man-made objects. He collects evidence of how we deal with living trees by pruning them or how trees as living things respond to adversity as a source of poetic and conceptual inquiry.
He has a growing fondness for things he calls wood anomalies.