Ross Booker is an Australian landscape artist who was born in Northern NSW and currently resides in Brisbane.
After growing up on the Gold Coast, Ross attended the Queensland College of Art studying painting, illustration and printmaking. The necessity of earning a living, took Ross into a career in illustrating and designing academic materials for Griffith University and later on, educational products for the Department of Education.
Ross started exhibiting in the early nineties at various galleries in Brisbane. This included staging eight solo shows at the artist run space, Doggett Street Studio, the final being held in 2008. Later in the same year Ross made his first foray into remote central Australia, an excursion that completely changed the focus of his art practice. This initial two-week camp inspired many similar trips in remote areas on Laritja and Arrernte country for the next eight years; including Illara Creek and Walker Gorge (Tempe Downs Station), Two Mile, Ruby Gap and Ross River. Emersion in the landscape through camping, walking, drawing and photographing have fed his practice since then.
In 2013, artHIVES published a monograph on Ross’s central Australia experiences, Out from Alice — painting and drawing in central Australia. More recently the Kimberley, Ikara-Flinders Ranges, Kakadu and Arnhem Land have joined the list of favourite places that have informed recent exhibitions and on going work.
To quote Ross: “The isolation out there is profound — the remoteness and the stillness of the place. There are no distractions; it’s just you and the landscape. I know it’s a cliché, but through the meditative act of walking for days on end you lose your sense of self, you become part of the landscape — you actually find yourself and come home to what is important.”
Ross has been included in several major art prizes including: The Alice Springs Art Prize, the Broken Hill Outback Open, the Sunshine Coast and Redland Art Prizes.