Portraits from memory

More than 380 copies of small portraits are part of the Jasper Rose show. (Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

UC SANTA CRUZ The artwork of Jasper Rose, a member of the founding faculty of UC Santa Cruz and Art History professor until 1985, is currently featured at The Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery at Cowell College.

More than 380 small copies of his watercolor portraits and eight original watercolor paintings make up the show, which runs through June 13.

The show, “Portraits from Memory,” features a collection of prints from watercolors he made of people he knew during his time at Cambridge University, Rice University and UCSC.


ABOVE: A detail of "Beryl at Home," a watercolor painting by Jasper Rose

Highlights of the show include original watercolors of the French countryside and his Santa Cruz house on Ocean Street Extension.

Scores of art students poured through Rose’s classes, many of which met at his home where he’d set up still life arrangements for sketching, painting and drawing sessions. Rose was born in England and currently lives in Bath, England.

The gallery is open Tues.-Sat. noon-5 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Thurs.