Adam Ross (1962, Pasadena CA) received a Masters in Fine Art from the University of California (1989). In 1988, he was awarded with the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship and the William Dole Fellowship from the University of California. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
Ross uses a distinguished and meticulous technique of pouring, merging and layering paint, in order to produce immaculately surfaced, flamboyant abstractions. He makes paintings which suggest architectural forms and futuristic imagery. Ross' paintings are influenced by his native LA, especially its infamous '70s smog and skylines, hinting at the breakdown of the modernists' utopia of 'the city' and drawing media images of war and devastation into the abstract realm. Obscured images that picture complex and ambiguous structures now teeter on the edge of formal breakdown. The removal of representational modes has led to Ross investigating the core of his practice and the relevance of painting itself as a medium.
Selected solo shows include Hales Gallery (London), Galerie Jean-Luc et Takako Richard (Paris), Angles Gallery (Santa Monica), Kevin Bruk Gallery (Miami) and the Sara Meltzer Gallery (New York). Selected group exhibitions include Den Frie Udstillingsbygning (Copenhagen), Leo Castelli Gallery (New York), Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia) and Limehouse Arts Foundation (London). His work can be found in numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge, MA).