John F. Ross (b. 1984, Toronto, Canada) is an emerging Canadian painter creating heavily
Imaginative work with skill and conviction. A graduate of Studio Art from York University,
John has been exhibiting his work since 2006 in Ontario and Alberta and can be found in
private collections across Canada and Europe.
John lives and works in Calgary.
The tradition of landscape painting in western Canada is one of Pure Landscape – depicting the
Land as it truly is, largely free from symbolic content. John's work pursues a conceptual
departure from this tradition, introducing the viewer to a new way of observing the land. The
heavy simplification of symbolic forms and a tangible awareness for the physicality of painting
a platform with which to retell the western landscape story. His goal is to create paintings that, in
the footsteps of the European Symbolists, emphasize an interpretable meaning behind line,
and subject. The result is a collection of narratives about a place populated with the remnants
of human influence and reclaimed by a wilder element.
"My stories always begin as an impulsive set of images that collect within the borders of a scene.
Though guided by a structured conceptual theme, these scenes don't profess any specific or absolute
meaning. They are an invitation to seek out an untold story." - John F. Ross