show in Spring 2019, Jasper presented his extraordinary collection of work
at UCSC that covered his recollections of the people in his life. The
paintings highlight his exceptional memory for visual details and
entire show of paintings online
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Some have audio commentary by Jasper
Slides were skillfully assembled by Robert Lange.
And, Eric Thiermann created
this masterful video of a walk-through of the gallery:
on the show from Cowell College:
Very British, Jasper’s childhood was marked by
relocation from London to the countryside during World War II.
He had a long and distinguished career,
spending time at Cambridge, Rice University and at UCSC, first as a
Senior Preceptor and founding faculty, subsequently Provost at UCSC.
He returned to England around 1990, settling in Bath. In the mid
1990's he started to recapture the people he had encountered by
painting small portraits from memory. Often whimsical, often sharp,
they are always interesting.
The exhibit came about organically. In the
summer of 2016, Faye Crosby, newly retired after six years as provost
of Cowell College, found herself in England. She paid a call on Jean
and Jasper Rose in Bath. Jasper showed Faye many of his watercolors
painted from memory, and Faye was captivated by the whimsy and wit of
the portraits. With a small grant, she was able in 2017 to travel back
to Bath with Cheryl Doering and Robert Lange. Eric Thiermann loaned
the team some equipment and provided professional guidance so that
Robert, Cheryl, and Faye were able to record Jasper’s comments on the
people he had painted. Although he was ill at the time of the
Americans’ visit, Jasper rallied valiantly and provided as much
description as he was able. Subsequently, a team of dedicated students
– including Kevin Tie, Emily Aranda, and Ian Johnson – extracted
snippets from many of the descriptions and worked to attach the voice
recordings to the scans of individual portraits. Robert Lange and
Blithe Brandon edited the students’ work, and the result is the
At the opening of the show Cameron Vanderscoff
made these remarks about Jasper’s life:
Jasper Rose was born in London, England to a
family of scholars and writers in 1930. His father William Rose was a
prominent Germanist at the London School of Economics. His mother
Dorothy Rose, was a literary translator and writer. She collaborated
often with her husband. Jasper‘s parents provided shelter and support
to many fellow Jewish intellectuals fleeing from Nazi Germany. Jasper
was evacuated to the countryside during World War II like many British
children. He was immediately drawn to the natural beauty of the Thames
and rural England. Influenced by 19th century artists like John
Constable and William Turner, he learned a special love of landscape
painting, which like his love of William Morris, has been a
through-line in his work.
After the war Jasper graduated from Kings
College Cambridge where he studied history and met his wife Jean, also
a gifted artist. He also became a fellow there and co-wrote his
celebrated book about Oxford and Cambridge, called Camford
Observed: An investigation into the Ancient English Universities in
the Modern World.
In the early 1960s Jasper and Jean moved to United States with their
two children. After a brief stint at Rice University, Jasper joined
UCSC as a founding faculty member. Jasper served as Cowell College’s
first senior preceptor and later succeeded Page Smith as the second
provost during 1970 to 1974. Later Jasper moved to Porter College.
As a beloved educator in history, art history,
art and beyond, Jasper cared deeply about student’s experiences of
learning and living. He cut an impressive figure, often in his
Cambridge gown. He was instrumental in the growth of the arts at UCSC
and reveled in helping students develop. He presided enthusiastically
over the legendary waltzes is in the Cowell dining hall.
Jasper and Jean left Santa Cruz in 1986 to
return to England. And, eventually they settled in the naturally
beautiful and historic city of Bath that has long been a center for
the art world.
The Portraits from Memory show was a
collaborative effort involving many people and institutions. We give
thanks to UCSC alumna Betsy Buchalter Adler, Emily Aranda, Blithe
Brandon, Cowell College Provost Alan Christy, Tauna Coulson, Provost
Emerita Faye Crosby, alumnus Jack Daley, alumna Cheryl Doering, Anne
Easley, the Gary D. Licker Memorial Fund, Ian Johnson, Robert Lange,
Paul Lee and family, alumna Kathleen Rose, Sentinel Printers, Cathy
Shender, alumnus Eric Thiermann, Kevin Tie, and alumnus Cameron
Vanderscoff. We are very grateful to Jasper and Jean Rose and their
sons William and Inigo.
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