"Drawing is the most persistent factor in my process. It's informed every aspect of my work, whether representational or not. In a way it's like jazz.....it's crucial to develop really good muscle, good chops, which only result from patient observation and a durable practice.....this is what allows the work to stay loose, to tap into subtle intuitions and improvisations, and to swing.
Basically, drawing is a practice for seeing the radiant beauty of any given situation. One of the greatest rewards of my life as an artist has derived from the recognition and nurturing of my eyes as primary organs of pleasure. One of my goals as an artist is to create work which nourishes this sensibility in others."
Robert Ross studied at Reed College, The Yale Summer School of Music and Art, The Art Students' League of New York, and graduated from The Cooper Union School of Art in 1965. Since that time he's lived on the Mendocino Coast working in watercolor, drawing, collage, oil painting, graphics and freehand papercut. He’s taught most of these at College of the Redwoods, the Mendocino Art Center, Oregon School of Arts & Crafts, and California State Summer School for the Arts. He’s had scores of solo exhibits and participated in dozens of group shows.
Robert has written an in-depth article on the subject of figure drawing.
2017: Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Group exhibit, “Life Live”
(figure drawing exhibition and demonstration)
2017: Mendocino Art Center: Coordinator, Mendocino Figure Drawing Collective
2015: Mendocino Art Center: Solo exhibit, “Arbeit Macht Werke”
(paintings and collages)
2013: Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Center, Newark, NJ: Solo exhibit “The Practice”
(paintings and drawings)
2012: Partners Gallery, Fort Bragg, CA: Group exhibit, Portraiture
2011-12: Robert F. Agrella Gallery of Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA: Curator & Producer of the exhibit Roberto Chavez, Paintings and Drawings
2011: Author of introductory essay, and editor of 96 page book Roberto Chavez, Paintings and Drawings
2011: Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Matsumoto, Japan; Asagura Art Gallery, Omachi, Japan: MSCA Art Exchange
2009: Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA: Solo Exhibit “Intelligent Design” (paintings and drawings)