Ross Skinner
 
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Ross Skinner is a local Sydney Artist who started painting at the Julian Ashton Art School, then continued at the National Art School, Sydney were he acknowledges amongst his teachers, Bob Baird, Rachel Ellis, Tony Tozer, Jeanette Siebols, and David Fairbairn for their formative influences on his drawing and painting

A jaded eye could be bored with the most spectacular view; if we are open to it, the simplest things can be beautiful. Ross Skinner 2016

Ross Skinner has an almost romantic relationship with his craft: I love the stuff of paint, the smell, look and feel of oil paint, watercolour, and soft vine charcoal... I am always trying to find the sweet spot between total freedom in expressing colour and form, and the correct representation that gives the work its meaning as an image.

Ross Skinner´s latest exhibition, In a Marine Light, draws inspiration from Lloyd Rees, an Australian landscape painter pre-occupied with depicting the effects of light and emphasising the harmony between man and nature.

Painting trips to Gerringong, on the south coast of NSW, attempt to recapture and explore the subject matter of Rees´ work. I discovered it was possible to complete small paintings on the beach with my family in tow... Although, they seem to have an amazing ability to attract sand, commented Skinner whilst admitting that balancing artistic practise with other life commitments involves making the most of time when you can get it because, especially with two young children, you can never plan too far ahead.

Ross admires artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Giorgio Morandi and Clarice Beckett, who find beauty within their own immediate environments. He describes the initial process of painting as being struck by an arrangement of forms, a "look at this!" feeling... The quicker I can begin trying to sketch, and the less I think directly but let that process take over, the more likely I will take away something worth keeping.

Skinner enjoys the immediacy of plein-air painting, which reflects his perceptions of the simple, everyday things around him. I enjoy looking at and recording my immediate environment; flowers from the garden, shadows passing across the yard, and views across Iron Cove from the local parks... (and) the feeling that after working hard on a painting or drawing, suddenly, something seems to come together that wasn’t there before.

Max Taylor AM, former Director of Taylor Galleries and (Trinity) Delmar Gallery, Sydney, has been a mentor for over twenty years, and comments that since his first exhibition in 1991, Skinner's work has developed a strong visual identity and his gestural mark making is quintessentially expressive.

Broad brush strokes capture life with a knowledge, based on careful observation, distilled on to canvas or paper.

Ross Skinner has been the recipient of many art awards including the 2014 Open Painting Award, Glebe Art Prize, Glebe Sesquicentennial Painting Prize 2009, and regularly receiving Highly Commended, Judges and People’s Choice Awards for his painting, watercolour, and drawing.

His work is regularly selected as a finalist in many awards including the 2016 Len Fox Painting Award Castlemaine Art Museum, Victoria, and the 2015, 2014, 2013, NSW Parliamentary "Plein air" prize. His self portrait was amongst the works shorlisted for the 2014 Moran Portrait Prize.


Biographical References:
Perlman, Jonathan: Spotlight, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18/09/2002
Hill, Peter: Critic’s Picks, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4/10/2002

Collections:
Camden City Council, NSW; Trinity Grammar School, Sydney, NSW

Private Collections:
Australia, U.S.A, United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan
 

Solo Exhibitions:


2016

Ross Skinner - In a Marine Light, Artsite Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2014

Ross Skinner - New Paintings, Artsite Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2012

Recent Paintings, Artsite Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2009, 08, 07, 04

Taylor Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2003, 01, 00

Delmar Gallery, Sydney

2002, 1999

James Harvey Gallery, Sydney, NSW


Group Exhibitions:


2016

Finalist Exhibition, Len Fox Painting Award 2016, Castlemaine Art Museum, Victoria.

2015

Finalist Exhibition, The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2015
Collector's Choice 2015, Artsite Gallery Sydney, NSW

2014

Finalist Exhibition, The City of Kogarah Art Prize, 2014, NSW
Finalist Exhibition, The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2014
Winter Solace, Artsite Gallery Sydney, NSW
Collector's Choice 2014, Artsite Gallery Sydney, NSW

2013

Finalist Exhibition, The City of Kogarah Art Prize, 2013, NSW (Catalogue)
Finalist Exhibition, The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2013
Hidden Treasures, Artsite Gallery, Sydney NSW

2012

The Likely Lads, Artsite Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Collector's Choice 2012, Artsite Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Art Almanac, Window Gallery, Glebe NSW

2011

Collector's Choice 2011, Artsite Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Art Almanac, Window Gallery, Glebe NSW

2010, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03

Taylor Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2002, 01, 00, 99, 98, 97, 96, 95, 94, 93, 92, 91

Delmar Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1998

James Harvey Gallery, Sydney, NSW


Awards:


2014

Open Painting Award (Winner), The Glebe Art Show 2014, NSW

2009

Sesquicentenary Painting Prize (Winner), Glebe Art Prize, NSW

2007

Pastel Prize, Port Macquarie Art Prize, NSW

2003

People’s Choice Award, Glebe Art Prize, NSW

1999

Commended (Works on Paper), Camden Art Prize

1997

Judge’s Prize, and Highly Commended, Camden Art Prize, NSW
Highly Commended (Still Life), Royal Easter Show, NSW

1996

Commended (Works on Paper), Camden Art Prize
Commended (Pastel), Camden Art Prize

1995

Very Highly Commended (Open), Hunters Hill Art Prize, Sydney, NSW


Publications:

2015

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize (Catalogue)

2014

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize (Catalogue)

2013

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2013 (Catalogue)

2002

Perlman, Jonathan: Spotlight The Sydney Morning Herald, 18/09/2002

2002

Hill, Peter: Critic’s Picks, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4/10/2002

Collections:

Camden City Council, NSW; Trinity Grammar School, Sydney.


Private Collections:

Australia, U.S.A, United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan


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