S. Ross Browne studied Communication Art and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University and Photography at The Corcoran School of the Arts. He is also an alumnus of The Miller School of Albemarle in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has taught art and design for inner city and at risk youth for the Fresh Air Fund of N.Y.C, Weed and Seed, Project Ready and Art 180 of Richmond, VA. He was also an instructor for the Resident Associate Program at the The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. During his tenure as the Art Specialist for the VCU Health System, Ross practiced art therapy for and taught art to his various patients with an emphasis on pediatric hematology/oncology, infectious disease and brain injury patients. He is also an illustrator and graphic designer with a long and varied list of clientele. Ross continues to paint and write out of his studio in Richmond, Virginia. In a review of the exhibition Art Fusion in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Special Correspondent, CeCe Bullard wrote; "Browne, always intense and direct, explores the many faces of the American experience in a variety of media, each of which he uses effectively." S. Ross Browne is the recipient numerous awards and honors, has been featured in various local and national media. His work was recently acquired by the internationally recognized Virginia Museum of Fine Art and is in the collection of international, national and local institutions.
My artwork is a modern study in dichotomy and perception from a historical context using portraiture as the interpretive engine. I explore the nuances that relate to my evolving view of the world and transversely the worlds culminating view of me, through the often occluding filters of culture and race. My intent is to foment thought and discussion by exploring ‘cultural identity’ via the multiple allegorical streams the paintings provide. The images are imbued with cultural and ethnic symbolism that provides insight into the historical context of the painting. Yet, the icons, combined with my personal visual vocabulary, may remain unseen or misread by the “unknowing” eye; the eye that never learned the historic bases for all the possibilities in the lives of my subjects. In a society that often makes instant cultural judgements based on visual cues that are often but not always stereotypical, I feel offering ethnic imagery that defies the common visual library of the modern citizen may challenge each individuals biases and foregone conclusions of their own notions of what is represented in history and therefore in humanity.
b. 1969, Mount Vernon, NY
Lives and works in Richmond, VA