John Ross
Birth Date: September 25, 1921
Death Date: November 29, 2017
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John Ross, painter, printmaker, author, and educator, was born in New York City in 1921. Ross studied at Cooper Union School of Art in New York from 1939 to 1948 with Morris Kantor and Will Barnet, where he received his BFA. He attended Parson School of Design in New York in 1939, and, in 1949 Ross studied at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Fontainebleau, France. He returned to New York in 1950, where he furthered his art studies at the New School for Social Research under Antonio Frasconi and Louis Schanker, and at Columbia University. John Ross taught at New School for Social Research 1957-2008, Manhattanville College in 1966-1986, Cooper Union 1967-1969, and Columbia University, printmaking, 1983-1984. He began making collagraphs while teaching printmaking in Romania in 1964. He was teaching etchings and drypoints when a shortage of zink plates occurred. In a desperate bid for materials he started working with cardboard and glue to replace the zink plates. Ross married Clare Roman, also an accomplished printmaker. The print making artists and teachers whose production spans many decades and ranges from architecture to landscapes views and visual travelogues. They wrote what is considered as the bible of printmaking ”The Complete Printmaker” (published in 1972 and still printed and used in universities today) and draws from the couple’s vast knowledge and expertise on the media of calligraphy and woodcuts.