A prolific muralist, installation artist, and painter, Ian Ross is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist whose love of the natural world deeply influences his practice. Born and raised in Marin County, he draws from his meditative, solitary experiences in Northern California’s forests and beaches to inform his signature approach to abstract imagery. Ross’s background in ceramic sculpture comes through in his painting style. Similarly to the way he works with clay, he paints with gestural marks that respond the medium’s tactile qualities. Whether working on a canvas, a wall, or a sculpture, Ross allows himself to get carried away in an intuitive creative process, channeling the calm he feels while communing with nature through organic shapes.

Freelon Alley

Freelon Alley: San Francisco It feels a bit funny to paint something abstract that bridges the past to the future. This wall is layered with more than just these crazy colors dipping in and out of window sills and doorways. This building was meant to be torn down, but still it sits in the location…

Sutro Baths

Sutro Baths: San Francisco Working in familiar places can open one to new ideas and make way for experimentation.  This work was the first sand drawing I had done in months, following a period of spiritual and professional confusion.  I want the power of this work to be self evident, but also functional. I spent…

Installation

Sand Art Ian’s most recognizable and shared works of late are giant rake designs done on beaches in California. By utilizing the smooth surface where the tide has receded, a unique type of ephemeral and impermanent art form thrives. Ian believes that the tool itself, the rake, can become a powerful vehicle for the creation…

Sculpture

Ceramics, Spray Cans, and Sculptures Ian has been creating sculptural artwork for most of his life. Throughout his ten year career with ceramics his sculptural works ranged from functional pottery to massive installations with hundreds of forms. The multiplicity elements of his aesthetic have lead him to working with the very forms he has interacted…

Murals

Public, Private, and Corporate Murals As the in-house resident artist at Facebook HQ, Ross learned how powerful his work was on a large scale. He painted four murals in the offices and cafe of Facebook, including one during a 24 “Hackathon” that was filmed and used on MTV’s “Diary of Facebook”. He also painted a…

Art

Fine Art Ian Ross’ style is often referred to as “Hyperorganic.“ His practice is a freestyle form of artistic expression in which repetition of forms and patterns depict hyperactive, hyper-real, organic shapes. His work highlights the juxtaposition of Marin County’s open spaces to San Francisco’s urban density and is a response to the strong, rousing…