E B E R H A R D R O S S
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When looking at a painting by Eberhard Ross, you can from a smaller distance find the extremely meditative quality of his artworks, but if you step a few feet closer, you will experience the energy that he has put into the painting. As a whole, each work has a soothing and vibrant presence.
Eberhard Ross was born in 1959 in Krefeld, Germany. He studied Fine Art at Hochschule, Essen and at the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen, and his art has since been exhibited at various galleries and museums, as well as in puplic collections in Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Italy, South Korea, England, and of course his home country Germany.
The 14 works of the exhibition:
(1) Black Writing 15621, 150 x 140 x 4,5cm
(2) Sanjo 41, 120 x 110 x 4,5cm
(3) Black Writing 17919, 100 x 90 x 4,5cm
(4) On The Nature Of Daylight 06321, 60 x 50 x 4,5cm
(5) Black Writing 06721, 60 x 50 x 4,5cm
(6) On the Nature Of Daylight 10321, 60 x 50 x 4,5cm
(7) Laud 07318, 50 x 40 x 4,5cm
(8) On the Nature Of Daylight 07821, 50 x 40 x 4,5 cm
(9) Speicher 08521, 40 x 30 x 4,5 cm
(10) Speicher 07721, 40 x 30 x 4,5 cm
(11) White Writing 07421, 40 x 30 x 4,5 cm
(12) Speicher 03713, 45 x 40 x 2 cm
(13) On The Nature Of Daylight 04021, 30 x 24 x 2 cm
(14) Fermata 00820, 24 x 20 x 2 cm
Eberhard Ross on music and colors:
“One quote of Gertrude Stein is: “Think of your ears as eyes”. This could be changed into: “Think of your eyes as ears”, right? For me colors are sounding. I look at colors and they sound back. It’s a resonant relationships between me and the colors. And at the same time it describes my close relationship to music, especially pure music as, for example the classical music of Johann Sebastian Bach or the clerial music by Arvo Paert. The sound of certain jazz music, especially the solo jazz improvisations of American pianist Keith Jarret carry me through all this wonderful, but sometimes also exhausting hours in the studios."
Eberhard Ross' paintings contain and store energy, The energy he transfers onto them and that you feel when you encounter one of his artworks.
Some of his work are called 'Fermata'. Fermata is a certain musical composition term which announces to hold a single tone or chord so that it can sound, or rather breathe. It is in keeping with Ross' intention to articulate the parallelism of musical and visual experience. The timbral meshing of individual tones and the optical melting of color tones are closely related on an elementary level of perception. Not without reason do we refer to tonal colors in music and color tones in a painting.
A group of his paintings are called 'On The Nature Of Daylight' and refers to the music of Max Richter. This series of works also shows his discovery of purified sky colors, maybe heavenly colors.
Eberhard's desire is to make a stopover for everyone who takes time to look at his paintings. And his aim has succeeded. When gazing at one of his works you experience the peaceful but energetic atmosphere each artwork emits. Together with his extraordinary sense and understanding of color, this creates a pulling mystique and a sense of humility that you only encounter when you come face to face with art that truly honors the craftmanship and that great things take time.