about the artist

Born in Sydney, Ross has always had a love for drawing and painting. He has been successfully painting and exhibiting his work for over 25 years. Working in a variety of media and genres, he has lately worked predominantly in oils to produce his studio still lifes and plein air landscapes.

Ross has won a number of awards over the years for his work, including the Glebe Art Prize in 2014, and has been included in a number of prestigious award exhibitions, including three times as a finalist in the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Award.

Artist statement

In my work I find that I tend to respond to subjects that I find in my immediate environment. These are subjects I can come to every day, even if it is just to look and think. Local landscapes, shadows cast against a wall, or flowers in a vase against a studio wall. Here is a subject I can study at night, perhaps when the noise and distractions of the day can be left behind, and a subject that can be considered repeatedly. Through my use of the paint I have try to put down that which strikes me as about the subject, such as the fall of light and shadow, an arrangement of objects, or a resonant colour note. In painting I tend to proceed from a more straightforward depiction of the subject, to one where I have aim for a development of elements such as structure, shape, tone and colour in such a way as to reward continued contemplation. In this I wish to follow in the footsteps of artists who have worked from their own immediate environments and in doing so have created lasting images that I believe can enrich our experience of the everyday.

Ross Skinner


2017 Land Between Water, Artsite Gallery (group exhibition)
2016 In a Marine Light, Artsite Gallery (solo exhibition)
2014 New Paintings, Artsite Gallery (solo exhibition)
2012 New Paintings, Artsite Gallery (solo exhibition)
2011 Art Almanac Exhibition Window, Glebe
2009 Taylor Galleries (2 person exhibition with David Middlebrook)
2007 Taylor Galleries (2 person exhibition with Jo Riley)
2005 Taylor Galleries (2 person exhibition with John Reid)
2004 Landscapes, James Harvey Gallery (solo exhibition)
2001 Landscapes and Life Drawing, James Harvey Gallery (solo exhibition)
1991 – 2004 Numerous group exhibitions at Artsite Gallery, Taylor Galleries,
James Harvey Gallery and Delmar Gallery


2019 Inner West Urban Edge Art Prize, Chrissie Cotter Gallery (Finalist)
2018 Highly Commended, Glebe Art Prize
2017 Georges River Art Prize, Hurstville Regional Gallery (Winner, Open Award)
2016 Len Fox Painting Award, Castlemaine Regional Gallery (Finalist)
2015 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize (Finalist)
2014 Glebe Art Prize (Open Award)
Doug Moran Portrait Price (Semi-Finalist)
Kogarah Art Prize (Finalist)
NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize (Finalist)
2013 Kogarah Art Prize (Finalist)
NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize (Finalist)
2009 Painting Prize, Glebe Art Prize
2007 Pastel Prize, Port Macquarie Art Prize
2004 People’s Choice Award, Glebe Art Prize
1999 Commended (Works on Paper), Camden Art Prize
1998 Judge’s Prize, and Highly Commended, Camden Art Prize
Highly Commended (Still Life), Royal Easter Show
1996 Commended (Works on Paper), Camden Art Prize
Commended (Pastel), Camden Art Prize
1995 Very Highly Commended (Open), Hunters Hill Prize


Springford, Anthony; Julie Ashcroft & Ross Skinner at Artsite,
anthonyspringford.com, (transcript of talk at Artsite Gallery) 14/10/12
Dyer, Lyn: Open Gallery, Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 – 24/06/2012 (“The Likely Lads”)
Hill, Peter: Critic’s Picks, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4/10/2002
Perlman, Jonathan: Spotlight, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18/09/2002


Georges River Council, Camden City Council, Trinity Grammar School, Various private collections in Australia, U.S., U.K., Singapore and Japan.