Chris Rose created sculptures in Soapstone, Alabaster and/or bronze of snowboarders, mountain bikers, skiers, windsurfers, curlers, ballet dancers and other birds and beasts until 31 December 2010 at which time he closed his studio and gallery permanently..
Chris moved toQuadra Island in 1998 after living with his family for over 30 years in Whistler and North Vancouver. His studio is situated on the ocean looking at Cortez Island and the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia.
He was born in Germany in 1930 and immigrated to Canada in 1952. After studying Architecture at Ryerson Polytech University for two years he took his Arts and Science degree at the University of British Columbia. Chris worked for the BC. Attorney Generals Department in Cranbrook B.C. for four years then he and his family spent four years in Ottawa
Just before returning to Vancouver in 1971 he started soapstone carving with stone from Thetford Mines in Quebec. Since his retirement as manager of Labour Relations in 1985 he operated his own small home design and renovation company primarily in Whistler and resumed his old hobby of soapstone carving in February 1996 after he won at the multi-media art competition the "Visual Edge 96" with his sculpture the "Honeycomb Shredder". He and five other artists were invited to show their artwork at the prestigious "Images and Objects XVI" Exhibition that formed part of the B.C. Festival of the Arts in Penticton, B.C. in May 1996.
Since then Chris has shown his Ballet scupture regularly at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver in conjunction with the performances by Ballet British Columbia. Many of his Mountain Bike sculptures are in private collections or are cherished trophies belonging to Mountain Bike Racers. From 1996 - 2003 the annual trophies for the Whistler Snowboard World Cups found their way to many parts of the world. His snowboard sculptures can also be found in the homes of Ross Rebagliati, J.J. Anderson and numerous other homes in Asia , New Zealand and Europe. Chris exhibited in private galleries across Canada until 1997. From 1998 to 2010 he showed his art work in his own Studio/Gallery on Quadra Island and conducte Mentor Programs. On 31.December 2010 Chris Rose Soapstone Studio close permanently..
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