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2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: July 11, 5 pm – 8 pm

July 2–29, 2015


Robert Ross
"Arbeit Macht Werke"

Robert Ross
Arbeit Macht Werke
Robert Ross
Aunt Masha's Desktop

Although my best known work is representational and figurative, my fundamental concerns have always been color, a calligraphic approach to stroke, a rhythmic approach to composition, and the intention that all my works, representational or not, have a strong and appealing material presence. One of the basic modes of my studio life has been collage.   

Collage lends itself easily to a story mode, but even in my painting I don’t like to depend solely on the sentimental associations of the subject matter to give the work appeal. I want the design and handling of materials to be the strength. I’m not much interested in collages that are fast and easy to read simply because of literal subject matter or comfortable decorative configurations. For me, the most authentic function of collage is to establish a subtle, deep and durable field of purely graphic resonance in a beautiful and coherent structure. The present exhibit features several large examples of these researches, a solid chunk of my strongest and most advanced work.

— Robert Ross


Robert Ross
Robert Ross
The Warehouse


Robert Ross, Self PortraitTHE ROBERT ROSS EXHIBIT marks 50 years of his association with the Mendocino Art Center. After his graduation from The Cooper Union in 1965, Ross moved to this relatively obscure North Coast community, and MAC’s founder Bill Zacha gave him his first studio space in a small utility room (now office) at the 6-year-old Art Center. Ross is the sole active original member of a weekly figure drawing group begun at MAC 25 years ago, now known as the Mendocino Figure Drawing Collective ( He was central to its establishment as a permanent function of the Art Center's traditional arts program, and serves as its Coordinator. Ross has taught many Art Center workshops, including freehand papercutting, color, collage, watercolor, and figure drawing.

Ross also studied at Reed College, Yale Summer School of Music and Art, and The Art Students' League of New York. His other teaching includes College of the Redwoods, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, and California State Summer School for the Arts. He’s had scores of solo shows and has participated in numerous group exhibits.

An array of his work can be seen at his website.

Pictured above: Self Portait