Looking at Ayana Ross’ paintings it is clear she is a storyteller. Each work has a strong point of view felt through the subjects, composition, and her individual style. The works are personal for the Georgia-based artist who uses her experiences and background to compose important and timely narratives. “I like to read a lot and think a lot about context—why things are the way they are and how did we get to this point,” says Ross. “A lot of times I go back to my origins, my experiences, and my roots and I pull from there.”
The figure is the primary vessel in her paintings, and it came naturally for Ross who began her career as a fashion designer before transitioning to education and then fine art. “I’ve always drawn people, since childhood, and in particular I’ve drawn women,” Ross explains. “I gravitate to the human figure because when I wanted to say something that was the first thing that I knew I could use to say it…That was the language for when I wanted to convey a message.”
As Ross has developed her artistic voice and style over the past few years, her art career has blossomed and reached new heights. One of her major achievements has been participating in the esteemed Bennett Prize, a biennial art competition for women figurative realist painters conceived by collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt to elevate women artists’ careers. In late November 2020, Ross was selected as one of the 10 finalists in the second edition of The Bennett Prize, and then on May 27, she was named the winner during the Rising Visions 2 exhibition for the finalists at Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan. Ross will now have the chance to create a major museum exhibition that will unveil in two years at the third Bennett Prize exhibition.
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Awe and Wonder
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