Over the last 30 years, Rose has gone from small scale parodies of daily life to large scale public work, combining natural materials with geometric forms. His acclaimed public works, renowned for their subtlety and humour, are made in dialogue with their surroundings, creating striking interventions into both rural and urban landscapes
In his early work, he found ‘homes’ for objects in the trees around his studio, but in 1984, with an opportunity to exhibit at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, he considered the idea of a tree being a place in the landscape, offering a harmony with the elements.
This in turn related his work to the landscape. His often large-scale metal or wooden structures either thread their way through the leaves or nestle in the cleft of a branch.
With these sculptures Rose seeks to complete the composition of the trees that have been thrown into visual imbalance by losing branches or sustaining some kind of damage in the past.
Colin Rose works frequently to commission and has exhibited regularly in Britain and at times in Europe.