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SALLY ROSS 

Paintings and Carpets

Murray White Room, Melbourne 

18 NOVEMBER - 22 DECEMBER 2016


In Sally Ross’ dense, lush landscapes you will find forests, paths and points of no return. Obsessive marks swarm over the pictures, bushy leaves, rolling hills and ribbons of green pulse about the landscape, articulating a perfect blur between the abstract and the recognisable. A three-time Archibald Prize finalist, Ross’ coolly observed portraits will mingle amidst the landscape paintings - a burlesque dancer or a dreamy lady with a haystack coiffure, looking on, somewhat indifferent to your gaze.

 

The exhibition space of Murray White Room will also be occupied by a magnificent procession of antique carpets covering the entire expanse of the long gallery floor. Providing a complex harmony and counterbalance to the paintings, the carpets become an analogy of ‘humanity’s past’ present now…. of time and timelessness. The carpets instantly transform the space with intricate decorative energy and presence. There will be no empty white cube, no tabula rasa. Ross’ paintings co-exist with the decorative power of the carpets’ primitive designs and their inexhaustible mysterious and complex rhythms ‘without sentiment’. Ross has collaborated with expert Bob Cadry, whose family have amassed Australia’s largest collection of collectible and decorative antique rugs. Bob has curated and exquisite selection of antique carpets from Persian, Anatolian, Caucasian and European origins. 

 

Ross’ paintings are the distillation of her incessant consumption of art and images, they desire to renew your acquaintance with the fertile potential of conventional painting genres and the picturesque, to re-activate the imaginative possibilities and unspoken pleasure(s) of painting. Ross’ paintings become a metaphor for the everyday collision of fantasy and the real in our lives and are painted somewhere “… between (real) doubt and potential ecstasy.”



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Debauchery is in the eye of the debaucher on 

The Conversation Hour with Waleed Aly on 774 ABC Melbourne

Paul Stanley & Sally Ross.. listen here>> 

Sally Ross, Paul Stanley, Jacinta Parsons (photo: 


SBS Radio - interview in french 

Rencontre avec Sally Ross, finaliste du Archibald Prize 2015. Elle parle aussi du touring exhibition de ce prix prestigieux au Art Gallery de Ballarat jusqu'au 15 novembre prochain.  

ecoutez ici >> 


ARCHIBALD PRIZE 2015  ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

PORTRAIT OF EVA ORNER 2015 - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD >>


MOUSSE CONTEMPORARY ART MAGAZINE  MAY 2015

SEE FEATURE HERE >>


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great feature in current issue of Higher Arc 04, 2014, pp128-135. 

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see article (in French) >>



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Sally Ross / Tony Clark, Portraits, Murray White Room, Melbourne 2014


THE DESIGN FILES - INTERVIEW WITH SALLY ROSS

>>read here

SallyRoss Studio
Photo – Sean Fennessy


Avante-Garde The Victorian Writer   www.writersvictoria.org.au

The Victorian Writer eversion July 2013 Avant-Garde (dragged)


Beguiling works of talented eye, Simon Plant, Herald/Sun, Dec 3, 2012

In the Galleries, Sally Ross, Dan Rule, The Saturday Age, 24/11/2012


Sally Ross at Murray White Room

PRESS RELEASE        

16 November – 22 December, 2012

 In Sally Ross’ fourth solo exhibition at Murray White Room, a more abstract tension is emerging amidst scenes of moors, rolling hills, portraiture and landscape visions. This new body of work exudes a mysterious liveliness in which abstract and representational elements collide. Ross translates her dormant source material of old and forgotten books and photographs into works that are obsessively filled with intricate, painterly detail - a curious, dark, snaky mass of greens, blues and endless marks on the canvas.

Ross finds fresh resonance in renewing our acquaintance with the fertile, imaginative potential of conventional painting genres and the picturesque.

From this seemingly uncomplicated task of transforming photograph to painted image, Sally Ross continues to re-activate the imaginative possibilities and unspoken pleasure(s) of painting.

Sally Ross’ work is represented in public and private collections throughout Australia, the United States and Europe.


AUSTRALIAN ART COLLECTOR  Sally Ross WHAT NOW Issue 62, October – December 2012

VOGUE LIVING  May/June 2012  pp.89/90

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Sally Ross at Galerie SULTANA, Paris

PRESS RELEASE         

In Sally Ross’ fourth solo exhibition at Galerie Sultana, the artist continues to explore the fertile, imaginative potential of conventional painting genres and the picturesque. From her dormant source material of old and forgotten books and archives, Ross translates and transforms pastoral scenes, portrait or animal studies into works that are obsessively filled with intricate, painterly detail, a curious mass of greens and endless marks on the canvas. Ross finds fresh resonance in renewing our acquaintance with pastoral and archetypal imagery - shifting between the graphic and the painterly, the works echo a diverse range of influences from Picabia to Henri Rousseau, from early Flemish Landscapes to the oak trees  of Rodney Graham. Beyond nostalgia, her works re-activate the imaginative possibilities of an old photograph, deriving a fertile visual presence from the seemingly uncomplicated task of transforming photograph to painted image.

Sally Ross’ work is represented in public and private collections throughout Australia,  the United States and Europe.

Exhibition dates :          26 April - 2 June, 2012


Sally Ross  SUNDAY ARTS ABC TV

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Sally Ross New Paintings  Nov 2010B R O A D S H E E T 

2012 Doug Moran Portrait Prize - semi-finalist

2011 Portia Geach Memorial Award Finalist

PREVIEW “SALLY ROSS”   ARTIST PROFILE MAGAZINE ISSUE 13, 2010 

2010 Portia Geach Memorial Award Finalist (Highly Commended)

INTERVIEW WITH SALLY ROSS - SAATCHI GALLERY ONLINE



Granger and Co, London - Volcano



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prahran mission

murdoch childrens research institute

artists for kids' culture

sacred heart mission

médecins sans frontières

HAGAR australia

australian prostate cancer research

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