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: Good quality overall for its age, please see photos for details
Documentation: Includes a gallery certificate of authenticity
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 winter scenery of a cabin with a lake and mountain on the background. Additionally, the dark background creates a sharp contrast between the lighter colors of the scene’s details to perfectly capture the beauty of nature and the wintry night.
Untitled includes a gallery certificate of authenticity. The work is signed “Ross” on the bottom right. Furthermore, the artwork is of very good quality.
About Bob Ross
Having spent his entire artistic career in front of the TV camera shooting “The Joy of Painting”, Bob Ross was one of the greatest advocates for painting in the late 20th century. Known as a painter of uniquely soothing voice, who always painted “happy” images, he was watched by millions and eventually reached the status of a living icon.
He started his career in the US Air Force, where he spent 20 years, mostly in Alaska. In 1981, he abandoned the army to pursue painting. In the early years, he was struggling. This is when his signature perm was born, as a way of cutting haircut costs, a style he wore and hated throughout his life.
Ross remained dedicated to landscape throughout his entire body of work, which counts around 30.000 paintings. His works are populated with trees, clouds, lakes and streams, and only an occasional cabin. Known as a sincere environmentalist, he often painted various small animals, bringing them often to the studio. Interestingly, very few of his works ever depicted a human figure. The technique he used is called “wet on wet” or “Alla Prima”, dating back to the Renaissance. Still, it was difficult to define Bob Ross’ style in terms of contemporary art. It was closest to Pop Art, due to his celebrity status and the concept in which it was created.