Ross McMasterRoss is a painter, printmaker and book artist who use appropriated images and texts in a mixed media approach to art production. His subject is drawn from the questioning of his personal belief systems.
Ross’s work currently questions the validity of organised religion (the church) within contemporary society as well as its political agenda.
“In a time when we so readily and quickly demonise Moslems as terrorists and evil, I started to question the actions, in recent history, of the Christian faith and in particular Catholicism, its involvement in crimes against humanity and the relationship between the Vatican and Fascist dictatorships in the 20th century. I am also investigating The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 with particular reference to the treatment of civilians during conflict and the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977. My work explores how these conventions are being implemented in the face of the warcrimes committed in such recent and continuing conflicts as Gaza and Afghanistan.” Ross McMaster
Since graduating from Southern Cross University in 2008, Ross has exhibited in group exhibitions in eastern states of the country and two solo shows in northern NSW.
His work is held in public collections, including the State Libraries of Queensland and Victoria, and various private collections.
At first encounter, Ross' work may appear confronting and difficult to imagine living with. The composition and character of his work certainly grows on you though - from our own experience. There is certainly a void in the artistic fabric of the gallery when his work is not on exhibition!