Colin Rose was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1950. He studied at Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic (1973-76) and undertook post-graduate studies in sculpture at Newcastle University (1977-79).
Colin Rose has received the following commissions: Mining Memorial Sculpture Commission; Sculpture Commission, Jarrow Town Centre; Ship: Drawings & Sculpture Viking Gallery, Jarrow; Beacon: Sculpture Commission. Resource Centre, Wakefield (2001); Sculpture Commission; Galloway Forest, Dumfries (1999); Meteor: Sculpture Commission; Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield; Design Commission, Gates, Henshaw Arts & Crafts Centre; Knaresborough; Sculpture Commission; Galloway Forest, Dumfries; Design Commission, Seating,Tyne and Wear Metro; Sculpture Commission: Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne (1998); Design Commission, Silver Medal Award Garden Design for Gateshead, Chelsea Flower Show (1996); Design Commission, Street Furniture, Gateshead Town Centre; Earthworks: Lewers Gallery, Penrith, N.S.W. Australia; Whirling Beans: Sculpture Commission, Kielder Forest, Northumberland; Sculpture Commission, Astra Pharmaceuticals Ltd (1995); Stone Cone: Beamish, County Durham (1994); Night and Day: Tree and Ground Sculptures, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (1992).
The hallmark of Colin Rose's work is his use of trees. 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.