Clifford Ross, ‘Hurricane Edouard V’, 1997, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2015

Deftly exploring the abstraction found within realism, artist Clifford Ross creates images from the natural world that almost appear to employ painterly gestures. Taken from his acclaimed “Hurricane Waves” series, Hurricane Edouard V (1997) was created using Ross’s daring technique of wading into the sea just after a hurricane strikes, to capture the undulating ocean and distorted sky mirrored in the ominous water. Ross has exhibited extensively throughout the Americas and Europe, including a major mid-career survey of his work at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams—on view through April 2016—with an accompanying catalogue published by The MIT Press.

About Clifford Ross

Multimedia artist Clifford Ross creates sculpture, painting, photography, and video. For his renowned black-and-white “Hurricane Waves” series, begun in 1996, Ross captured sensitive images of ocean waves in the Hamptons during hurricanes, printed in large-scale. More recently, in order to shoot high-resolution landscape photographs of Colorado’s Mount Sopris, he invented and patented his “R1” camera. Ross’s artistic collaborations include a multimedia installation with Pan Gongkai, President of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and a massive stained-glass wall with architects Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam for the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas.

American, b. 1952, New York, New York, based in New York, New York