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Alastair Ross

Artist Biography

Dr Alastair R Ross RSA FRBS HFRIAS DArts RGI was born in Perth graduating from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee in 1965 with distinction.

A leading figurative sculptor in the UK and a multi award-winner, he has lectured in various art colleges and universities, both in Scotland and the USA.   His work is displayed in a range of prestigious locations, including on-board the P & O Steam Navigation Company’s superliner, Aurora, and the world headquarters of Rank Xerox International.  Private collectors include Sharleen Spiteri, David Tennant, Nick Nairn, Paolo Nutini and J K Rowling.

His work is influenced heavily by his experiences in Greece, having spent a significant length of time there as a postgraduate student.  It was here that he first developed a passion for fragmentary sculptures depicting sections of bodies rather than whole bodies.  He realised how a greater impact could be achieved by leaving some things to the imagination.  Whilst nearly 50 years have passed since his initial period in Greece, the experience continues to influence his work.

Public Collections: Dundee Art Galleries and Museums; Perth Art Gallery and Museum; Dundee City Council Collection, City Chambers, Dundee; Dundee Education Authority; Royal Scottish Academy; Scottish Arts Council; University of Abertay, Dundee; University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordantone College of Art; University of St Andrews; Holokrome Co Chicago, Illinois, USA; Royal Calcutta Golf Club, India; Rank Xerox International HQ Collection, Marlow, Bucks; P&O Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London; Ernst and Young, Glasgow; R C Diocese of Dunkeld, Diocesan Headquarters, Dundee; St Leonard’s School, St Andrews, Fyfe; Glenfiddich/Scotland on Sunday, ‘Spirit of Scotland’ Awards; Design Works, Glasgow; Court of the Lord Lyon, H M New Register House, Edinburgh.

Selected Exhibitions 

Awards: Royal Scottish Academy Major Travelling Scholarship (1965), Société des Artistes Francais Medaille d’Argent in sculpture (1970), Royal Scottish Academy Sir William Gillies Award (1989), Royal Society of British Sculptors Sir Otto Beit Medal (1989), University of Abertay Dundee Hon Doctor of Arts (2003)

Exhibitions: Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh; International Sculpture Exhibition. Madurodam’ Holland; Fulham Gallery, London; Blackheath Gallery, London; Touring Exhibition, Texas, USA; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Eire; New Gallery, University of Dundee; Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Eire; Institut Francaise d’Ecosse, Edinurgh; University of Abertay, Dundee

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