b. 1921

John Ross highlighted the built environment and man’s relationship to it in his oeuvre. His work reveals the building blocks of man-made and natural structures. Through the use of abstraction and geometry, he exposes viewers to the underlying logic in world around them.

Ross earned his BFA from Cooper Union School from 1939 to 1948, studying with Morris Kanor and Will Barnet. He also attended Parson School of Design, the École des Beaux-Arts in Fontainebleau, France, the New School for Social Research, and Columbia University, and Instituto Statale d’Arte in Florence, Italy. An active artist and educator, he not only taught in the Studio Art Department at Manhattanville College, but also he designed the BFA program and served as chair of the department. In addition, he has taught courses in the Printmaking Workshop at the New School University in New York City for fifty years and held the position of president of the Society of American Graphic Artists.

In 1965, Ross toured Eastern Europe, including the Soviet Union, Romania, and Yugoslavia, with his wife and fellow artist Clare Romano, as well as Rudy Pozzatti. The trio drew, etched, and printed work as curious passersby watched them. The exhibition/demonstration called Graphics USA and sponsored by the American government gave viewers a glimpse into the process of printmaking and disseminated knowledge about new techniques, such as collography, to artists working in these countries. Ross and Pozzatti traded their work with local artists. From this exhibition/demonstration and a trip to Romania the previous year, Ross accumulated such a wealth of work from Romanian artists that he organized an exhibition of it in the US.

In 1991, Ross began The High Tide Press with Romano to produce limited edition art books that he designs and illustrates. He continues to experiment with line, form, and color to uncover the unusual and extraordinary components of everyday objects.

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