Artist: Bob Ross
Medium: Original Oil on Velvet inside Gold Pan
Size: 16" x 16" unframed
Frame Size: 21" x 21" x 4"
Inscription: Signed “Ross” on bottom right
Condition: Very good quality
Documentation: Includes a gallery certificate of authenticity
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The top of a mountain, the silence of an almost frozen lake, and the spectacle of northern lights all work together to create a quintessential Bob Ross painting. Having become a renowned artist thanks to his hit TV show "The Joy of Painting" and his innovative teaching method, Ross has nonetheless realized exquisite miniature landscapes in a neo-realist style that will delight his affectionate and amaze the neophytes.
This authentic piece is part of a series of rare Alaskan landscapes, extraordinarily painted on velvet inside gold pans. The use of velvet and gold pan is a signature element of Ross during his time in Alaska. The velvet allows the painter to obtain chromatic contrasts, enhanced by blue and yellow tones, and a rich texture. His celebrated alla prima or wet on wet technique makes his detailed and effortless paintings the hallmark of his artistic practice. This technique transforms simple brushstrokes into stunning landscapes.
This original Bob Ross painting is signed by the artist and includes a gallery certificate of authenticity.
About Bob Ross
American painter and television personality Bob Ross’s legacy and popularity live on in pop culture. Known for his PBS show The Joy of Painting, Ross remains the painting teacher of the public. His calming instructional demeanor and iconic hairstyle have established him as an art icon. Inspired by his years living in Alaska, Ross often captured snowy mountains, frozen lakes, snow, and abandoned log cabins.
His effortless painting method embraces the oil painting style alla prima or wet-on-wet. The technique consists of applying oil paint on top of wet paint rather than waiting for it to dry in between layers. He typically used a two-inch brush and a palette knife to paint. This method allowed Ross to complete detailed landscapes quickly and effortlessly. What started as simple strokes and blobs of colors would result in intricate nature scenes.
Untitled is an early and rare Ross painting done on velvet inside a gold pan. The medium served as a nod to his home state. By using velvet, Ross enhanced the rich texture of the ethereal Alaskan scene featuring a cabin by a mountain lake. Untitled is an original painting and is signed "Ross" on the bottom left.