Arabella Ross

Born in Yorkshire 1959 I grew up in Stoke-on-Trent, London, Exmoor and India. I live and work in Hampshire where I have two separate studios for painting and ceramics. My father was an artist, filmmaker and photographer, my mother a ceramicist and linguist. My step-father an English actor was part of a family troupe working with the Prithvi Theatres touring India from 1941-1956. I was brought up with the teachings of an Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986). During my adolescent years I travelled between London and Exmoor. India became prominent in my life aged 20. I lived there for one year working and travelling. Aged 33 I returned to India for three months on a scholarship funded by the British High Commission in Calcutta to live and work with twelve Indian artists in an Artist’s village. In 2009 I trekked in the Himalayas from Ladakh with Rebecca Stephens – the first British woman to climb Mount Everest. India has always been a thread running throughout my life.

My Masters degree is in Fine Art Painting Chelsea School of Art. Most recently I completed a two year intensive Ceramics Diploma at London’s City Lit (highly commended). My work is installed in private collections in Vienna, Verbier, London, Paris, St Tropez, Aix-en-Provence, San Francisco & Tokyo. I am currently working towards a solo exhibition and Artist’s talk for 2020 in central London and doing a painting commission for a private residence.

Most recent exhibitions include The Wolverhampton Art Gallery June 2019 “International Woman’s Year”. The exhibition title “Painted Ladies” presents 20th century paintings depicting women painted by female artists from the Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s public collection. 2018 Zetter Hotel painting exhibition. 2017 Graduate Ceramics at the Business Design centre in Islington & Ceramics at Candid Arts Trust. The Wolverhampton Art Gallery “International Woman’s Year”. “Painted Ladies” presents 20th century paintings depicting women painted by female artists from the Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s public collection. 2017 Graduate Ceramics at the Business Design centre Islington & Ceramics Candid Arts Trust.

My approach to painting is instinctual, energetic and bold with a love of powerful colour and gesture. Through the expressive painting processes I document the forms, surface and marks that emerge from the unconscious and “Interior self”. The wildness of the landscape provides an inspiration and a structure to my personal language with paint that has evolved over time.

I want my paintings to be mysterious, luminous and joyful with darker elements and for the paintings to express surprise and emotion through the process, colours and unexpected forms. The spontaneous gestures and subliminal images that emerge into my drawings and paintings are a powerful part of my everyday life; splattered paint, a red Buddha, lavender, macaws, crows, a coffee pot, flowers, trees as symbolic paintbrushes. Nature and the landscape is experienced as a sanctuary for contemplation.

My experiences and travels in India, seeing the ritual of flowers, animals, and shrines within a rural way of life in a tropical landscape enriched my understanding of the importance of being connected to a true self, where passion, fluidity, energy and openness of spirit is all expressed in the work. Art leads me to a place of accessing much deeper levels of myself. Here there is a sense of freedom and hope from entering into the world of nature and another worldly existence.

Arabella Ross Artist Exhibiting at Sims Gallery Online UK

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