Catherine Ross

Artist Biography

Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, Painting, Grayʼs School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. 2010-2014.

Artist Statement

My work encompasses the idea of ‘north’.

The paintings and objects are informed by invented aspects and ‘visions’ to do with ‘north’ and my own early and recent experiences living within remote, northern landscapes.The work explores the crossover between the idyllic and authentic qualities of these experiences. Through making this work, I create tangible forms, cultivated from the imprint which ‘north’ has left upon me.

Selected Exhibitions 


2019           Royal Drawing School’s Scottish Artist Residency. DumfriesHouse, Ayrshire, Scotland.

2018           Artist in Residence. Tobermory Distillery,Distell Group Ltd. Ledaig, Tobermory, Isle of Mull,                                  Scotland.

2017           Graduate in Residence. Gray'sSchool of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

                 HopeScott Trust Award. The Hope Scott Trust, Murray Beith Murray,Aberdeen Scotland.

                 ResidentArtist, SSW AiR Programme, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden,Scotland.

2016           Invited Artist, RSAAnnual Exhibition curated by Marian Leven.  Royal Scottish Academy,                                     Edinburgh, Scotland.

2015           RSA William Littlejohn Award for Excellenceand Innovation in Water-based Media Travel                                    Award. The Royal ScottishAcademy, Edinburgh, Scotland.

                 OffThe Rails Arthouse, Workshop Prize at the RSA Open Exhibition. RoyalScottish Academy,                               Edinburgh, Scotland.

                 Davidand June Gordon Memorial Trust Award. RSA NewContemporaries, Royal Scottish                                     Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland. 

2014           Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize,Judges Prize. Northumbria University, Baltic 39,                          NewcastleUpon Tyne, England.

                 WoonPainting and Sculpture Prize, Shortlist. Northumbria University,Baltic 39, Newcastle                                  UponTyne, England.

                 BPFine Art Award. Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University,Aberdeen, Scotland.

                 SelectedArtist, Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries. RoyalScottish Academy,                                    Edinburgh,Scotland.

2013           SPD Competition Award, 2nd Place Award. Gray’sSchool of Art, Robert Gordon University                                   Aberdeen,Scotland.

                 CarnegieTrust Vacation Scholarship Award. Gray’s School of Art, RobertGordon University,                                 Aberdeen,Scotland.

2012           Jen Beattie Life Drawing Prize. Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University,Aberdeen,                                     Scotland.

                 Davidand June Gordon Memorial Prize, for Life Drawing Gray’s Schoolof Art, Robert Gordon

                 University, Aberdeen,Scotland.


2019           Self-Directed Research. Alberta (Banff National Park, JasperNational Park) British Columbia,                               Canada. July - August.

                 Royal Drawing School’sScottish Artist Residency. Dumfries House, Ayrshire, Scotland. Awarded                           byRoyal Drawing School, London, England. January – February 2019.

2018           Artistin Residence, Tobermory Distillery, Distell Group Ltd., Ledaig,Tobermory, Isle of Mull,                                 Scotland. August – September 2018

2017           Graduate in Residence, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University,Aberdeen, Scotland.                                 March 2017 – June 2018.

                 SSWAiR Programme, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, Scotland. June – July 2017.

2015           RSA William Littlejohn Award forExcellence and Innovation in Water-based Media. Yellowknife,                          NWT Canada. RoyalScottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland.September - October 2015.

                 Self-DirectedResearch. Alberta, Banff National Park& Jasper National Park, Canada.September  


2013           Carnegie Vacation Scholarship Awardto Birsay, Orkney Islands, Scotland.Carnegie Trust,                                    AndrewCarnegie House, Pittencrieff Steet, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. 



2016           RSAPermanent Collection, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh,Scotland.


Professional Development

2019           AdhocLecturer, Painting, Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.                              (2017– 2019).

                 Artistin Residence. Royal Drawing School’s Scottish Artist Residency. DumfriesHouse, Ayrshire,                          Scotland.

2018           Artistin Residence, Tobermory Distillery. TobermoryDistillery, Distell Group Ltd., Ledaig,                                    Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland. August– September 2018.

                 Graduatein Residence, Gray's School of Art. Gray'sSchool of Art, Robert Gordon University,                                Aberdeen, Scotland. March 2017 – June 2018.

2017           ResidentArtist SSW AIR Residency Programme. Scottish Sculpture Workshop,Lumsden,                                      Scotland. June – July 2017

2016           PaintedDoors Project Aberdeen, Aberdeen Inspired, Creative Scotland. LangstanePlace,                                    Aberdeen, Scotland. 

2015           Creative Discussion Speaker. Pillow Talk: Inspirations. Visual Artist Unit. DrygateBrewery,                                   Glasgow, Scotland. 

                 Speaker. Life After Art School: Painting. Gray’s School of Art, RGU Business School, Aberdeen,                              Scotland. 

2014           CuratingTeam. Gray’s School of Art. RGU Business School, Aberdeen,Scotland. 

2013           ExhibitionAssistant, Aberdeen Artists Society’s Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen ArtGallery,                                     Aberdeen, Scotland. 

2008           VolunteerAssistant. Grampian Hospitals Arts Trust. Grampian Hospitals ArtTrust, NHS                                       Grampian Aberdeen Royal Infirmary,Aberdeen, Scotland. 

                 VolunteerAssistant. Peacock Visual Arts. Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen,Scotland. 

                 WorkshopStudent. Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Scottish SculptureWorkshop, Lumsden,                                   Scotland.



2020           GroupShow. Tatha Gallery, Fyfe, Scotland.

                 Group Show. RendezvousGallery, Aberdeen, Scotland

2019           RoyalGlasgow Institute, Kelly Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland.

                 Joint Exhibition.Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland.                      
                 RSAOpen. Royal Scottish Academy. Edinburgh, Scotland.
                 ‘Hindsight’.Solo Exhibition. Painting Graduate in Residence Solo Exhibition. Gray'sSchool of                               Art, Aberdeen, Scotland.
2017           ‘More Alchemy’TathaGallery, Fyfe, Scotland.
                 Visual Artist Unit MembersShow. Crownpoint Studios, 142 Crownpoint Road, Glasgow,                                       Scotland.
​                  ‘Dreamscapes’. Joint Exhibition.SMART. BP Exploration, Aberdeen, Scotland. 2nd June - 20th                               October 2017
                 ‘UncertainTerritories’. Group exhibition. Seventeen, Aberdeen,Scotland. 
                 RSA Annual Exhibition. Invited Artist. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland.
                 PaintedSpace. Joint Exhibition. Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen.
2016           Winter Exhibition. TathaGallery, Fife, Scotland.
                 VisualArtist Unit Members Show. Gallery 1, St Margaret’s House,Edinburgh, Scotland.
                 ‘TheNarrowing Sky’. Solo Exhibition. Newave Gallery, Aberdeen,Scotland.
                 RSAAnnual Exhibition 2016, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh,Scotland.
                 ‘Toaty-Wee’, GroupExhibition, Visual Artist Unit, Visual Artist Unit Studios, Glasgow,Scotland.
                 ‘StuffedGallery’, Group Exhibition, Newave Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland.
2015           RSA OpenExhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland.
                 RoyalScottish Society of Painters in Watercolour Winter Exhibition, RoyalScottish Academy,                               Edinburgh, Scotland.
                 TheSunday Times Watercolour Competition & Exhibition, MallGalleries, London, England.
                 VisualArtist Unit Members Show, Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland.
                 ‘SnowblindEyes’Solo Exhibition, Newave Gallery, Aberdeen,Scotland.
                 ‘Corridor’,VAU Members Show, Visual Artist Unit, VAU Studios, Glasgow,Scotland.
                 AberdeenArtists Society, Annual Exhibition, Suttie Arts Space, GrampianHospitals Art Trust,                               NHS Grampian Aberdeen RoyalInfirmary, Aberdeen, Scotland.
                 RoyalScottish Academy New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy,Edinburgh, Scotland.
                 Royal Scottish Society of Paintersin Watercolour Winter Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy,                               Edinburgh, Scotland.
2014           ‘Undercurrents’, ArushaArt Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
                 WoonPainting and Sculpture Prize, Gallery North, Baltic 39,Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
                 DegreeShow: Open Your Eyes, Gray’s School of Art, Robert GordonUniversity, Aberdeen,                                    Scotland.
                 ‘OpeningCredits’: Gray’s School of Art Pre-Degree Show, St. Margaret’sHouse, Edinburgh Arts                           Complex, Edinburgh, Scotland.
                 AberdeenArtists Society Annual Exhibition , Aberdeen Art Gallery,Aberdeen, Scotland.
                 ‘TheModel’, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2013           SPD Competition& Exhibition, Gray’s School of Art, Robert GordonUniversity, Aberdeen,                                     Scotland.
                 GroupExhibition in support of Mental Health Awareness, Oil and GlassGallery, Aberdeen,                                  Scotland.
2012           DrawingCompetition & Exhibition, Gray’s School of Art, RobertGordon University, Aberdeen,                              Scotland.



                  Scottish Art News Magazine, Flemming WyfoldArt Foundation. 2019

                 "A North Within",Sarah Laurenson. The Island Review. 2016

                 “RSA New Contemporaries: AllHail the Class of 2014”. Adam Benmakhlouf. The Skinny. 2015

                 “New Contemporaries 2015 atthe RSA, Edinburgh”. Giles Sutherland. The Times. 2015

                 “New Contemporaries”. Scotsman.2015

                 “Review: RSA NewContemporaries 2015, Edinburgh”. The Herald. 2015

                 “From a land of ice and snow:Gray’s graduate up for major art award”, Laura Smith. STV. 2014

                 “Life After Art School:Catherine Ross”. Central Station. 2014

                 “Artist to Watch – CatherineRoss”.  MoMa UK. 2014

                 “Catherine Ross: Interview”. MoMa UK. 25th September 2014

                 Woon Art Prize Catalogue, NorthumbriaUniversity. 2014

                 “Westhill art student hasscooped a top prize at this year’s Gray’s School of Art Degree Show.”                            Jenny Rush. Gray’s School of Art. 2014