|FRED ROSS, O.C., O.N.B., LL.D, R.C.A. (1927-2014)|
|Girl with Seashell, 1962|
|Mixed media 48 x 24"||
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff, Montreal;
Private Collection, Toronto;
Private collection, Montreal.
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Fred Ross Biography
Fred Ross was born on May 12, 1927, to a working class family in Saint John and by 1944 he elected to pursue his education at the Saint John Vocational School in the art program, a program which traditionally would have lead to the trade of commercial design. There he met Ted Campbell who was to become both his teacher and mentor, a man who Fred Ross acknowledges was tremendously able to stimulate students to develop their own talents. John Leroux, an art historian whose Masters thesis at Montreal’s Concordia University was on the subject of Fred Ross’s murals and a contributor to the Salon supplement of the Saint John Telegraph Journal on May 30 2009 which celebrated the career of Fred Ross , wrote that ". . . Ross also remembers [Ted Campbell] having a genuine esteem for both contemporary and historical muralists in his classes: ‘Ted felt that the Mexican mural paintings were the greatest murals since the Renaissance so he was encouraging us to look at them. ' " Ross claims that this set him on a course toward being an artist perhaps a painter of murals rather than toward the practice of commercial art. |
Upon completion of two important murals undertaken for a year and a half and completed in 1948 Ross won a traveling scholarship and spent one month studying with Pablo O’Higgins, an American expat who had assisted Diego Rivera in some of his murals almost 20 years earlier. Fred Ross ,in Mexico on a subsequent trip in 1950 ,did briefly meet with Rivera and , with the master's permission , do some drawings of Rivera , drawings now in the collection of The National Gallery of Canada. In 1949 he had his first solo exhibition at Mount Alison University and from 1953 through 1970, Ross held a full-time position at the Saint John Vocational School teaching in the Department of Fine Art. In 1954 Ross married English ballet dancer and dance instructor Sheila Urquhart who was his greatest love, his muse, model, sometimes manager and mother of their three children. The Beaverbrook Gallery in Fredericton purchased their first Fred Ross painting entitled "Sheila in Blue" in 1955. The time line in the "Telegraph Journal" notes that in 1963 [Ross] was "the youngest artist featured in ‘Painting a Province’ a National Film Board documentary about the work of five New Brunswick artists. The same year, Ross’s "Lorna on a Rocking Horse" is featured in the ‘5th Biennial of Canadian Painting’ at the Commonwealth Institute in London."
Fred Ross over the last 60 years has exhibited in more than 80 group and one-man exhibitions, several with us here at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff where he has been represented since 1969. He was one of the artists featured in Paul Duval’s book "High Realism in Canada" published in 1974. Now at age 82 temporarily confined to a wheelchair because of a recent fall, alone ,that is to say without the love of his life, Sheila, who passed away 11 years ago, he is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, has received an honourary Doctorate of Laws from the University of New Brunswick ,is a member of the Order of Canada and now the Order of New Brunswick . His greatest joy continues to be painting. This convalescence is a temporary obstacle. He regularly escapes from the nursing home, which he refers to as "Hotel California", going to his studio where surrounded by his props and books and his important works in progress. (interview with Kate Wallace, , Saint John Telegraph Journal, Saturday May 30, 2009 page Salon 6)
Fred Ross Solo Exhibitions
1949 - Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B.
1950 - New Brunswick Museum, Saint John.
1956 - Greenwick Gallery, Toronto.
1956 - Art Centre, University of New Brunswick.
1956 - Memorial University of Newfoundland.
1967 - Morrison Art Gallery, Saint John.
1969 - Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal.
1970 - Mount Allison University.
1971 - New Brunswick Museum, Saint John.
1971 - Art Centre, University of New Brunswick.
1971 - Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal.
1971 - Cassel Gallery, Fredericton, N.B.
1971 - Restigouche Art Gallery, Campbellton.
1972 - Zwicker's Gallery, Halifax.
1973 - Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto.
1974 - Cassel Gallery, Fredericton.
1975 - Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, N.B.
1975 - Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal.
1975 - Gallery One, Moncton, N.B.
1976 - Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto.
1977 - University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
1977 - Manuge Galleries, Halifax.
1978 - Wallack Galleries, Ottawa.
1979 - Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal.
1979 - Ring Gallery, Saint John, N.B.
1981 - Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto.
1982 - Wallack Galleries, Ottawa.
1983 - Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal.
1984 - Ring Gallery, Saint John, N.B.
1986 - Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal.
1987 - Ring Gallery, Saint John, N.B.
1988 - Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal.
1990 - Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal.
1994 - Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal.
1997 - Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
1953 - National Gallery Annual Exhibition, Ottawa.
1955 - Toronto Art Gallery, "Five New Brunswick Painters".
2001 - Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Fred Ross in Group Exhibitions
1956 - New York City Centre Art Gallery.
1957 - Royal Canadian Academy, also in 1958, 1961, and 1970.
1959 - London Public Library and Art Museum, London, Ontario.
1959 - National Gallery Annual Exhibition, Ottawa.
1959 - Winnipeg Art Gallery.
1961 - "Six East Coast Painters", organized and circulated by the National Gallery.
1961 - Dalhousie University, Halifax.
1963 - The Commonwealth Institute, London, England.
1964 - London Public Library and Art Museum.
1964 - Stratford Shakespearean Festival, Stratford, Ontario.
1965 - Montreal Museum 8th Annual Exhibition.
1965 - University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
1965 - Dorothy Cameron Gallery, Toronto.
1966 - National Gallery, Prints and Drawings Exhibition, Ottawa.
1967 - Roberts Gallery, Toronto.
1967 - Atlantic Pavilion and V.I.P. Lounge, Montreal Exposition.
1968 - Montreal Museum Survey Exhibition.
1968 - Dalhousie University, Halifax.
1972 - Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto.
1973 - University of New Brunswick Summer Show.
1975 - Wallace S. Bird Memorial Exhibition, Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
1975 - Manuge Galleries, Halifax.
1976 - Olympic Exhibition organized by Province of New Brunswick.
1976 - Atlantic Coast - An Illustrated Journal, organized by the National Gallery, Ottawa.
1963-83 - National Council of Jewish Women, Ottawa.
1962-72 - Art Gallery of Hamilton Winter Exhibition.
1955, 1961, 1963 - Canadian Biennale, organized by the National Gallery.
1977 - "Fifty Canadian Drawings", organized by the National Museums of Canada and the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.
1977 - "Ars Sacra", organized by St. Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax.
1978 - 1st Canadian Biennale of Prints and Drawings, Calgary.
1978 - Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.
1979 - Art Gallery of Windsor, Annual Exhibition.
1982 - Art Gallery of Windsor, Annual Exhibition.
1984 - Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton.
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