Awakening, red oak, 60" x 40", 2011

Born and raised in New York City, Barry Ross graduated from Pratt Institute, and then pursued a career in illustration. His clients included major corporations, golf, flying, and scientific magazines, and advertising agencies. His work has achieved national recognition, and his aviation art has been exhibited in one-man shows at the air and space museums in Seattle and Denver, and a permanent exhibition at the EAA AirVenture museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

After moving to Iowa in 1995, Barry's artistic expression focused upon sculpting, with wood as his preferred medium. Using locally found tree trunks, burls and root balls, and carving with traditional as well as power tools, he maintains a close connection with each wood's individual qualities to inspire the release of his sculptures' forms and images. His sculpture has been exhibited at the Iowa Contemporary Art (ICON) and Teeple Hansen galleries in Fairfield.

About this work:

"Awakening represents the process of the soul's ascension, as two soulmates, a man and a woman, break free of the hold of "maya" -- the illusion of Life. The woman is quite confident and bold, and with her hand on her partner's face, guides him upward. The man is hesitant and unsure, yet protects the woman in this journey."

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