Ross Ritchie: Seeing in the Dark

Ross Ritchie paints in many tongues. Each of his series simultaneously creates and defines its own visual universe, often by first finding his footing in the footsteps of some of his giant predecessors. With inspiration as diverse as Leger and Bacon, Rauschenberg and Degas, Ritchie knows what he likes when he sees it. Instead of mimicking, however, Ritchie defies the traits of his heroes of the abstract expressionist movement, for example, and rejects that his visions must be limited to a particularly narrow style.

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Having been inspired largely by the Abstract Expressionists and Francis Bacon (among many others), Ritchie's hand is, like theirs, a hand of a master that creates objects with an aura of the divine. The divinity of Ritchie's paintings, though, is at once multifaceted and indistinct. The draughtsmanship is perhaps the first and most striking of a Ritchie's virtues - every stroke of black paint and every shade of naked cranium is testament to Ritchie's ability to extract forms from paint that are at once delicate and firm, light and substantial. Each object hovering in his blackness glows with a particular glimmer of meaning, but does not connect to the other objects that hover near it. He is not telling you a story, nor is he showing you a whole picture.

Excerpts from 'Seeing in the Dark' by Amy Stewart

 

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