Ross Booker was born in northern NSW, studied at Queensland College of Art and currently lives and works in Brisbane. His work has been exhibited extensively in Brisbane since the early 1990s. A foray into central Australia in 2008 changed the focus of his art practice, with his primary artistic interest now in the arid Australian landscape. Immersion in the landscape through camping, walking, drawing and photographing continue to feed his practice.
He said, “I describe the surface of the landscape through line, defining the skeleton and the skin through contours, like a relief map”. His work draws on the landscape – experienced physically, layered with sight and the senses, and from satellite images.
He won the Cathedral of Saint Stephens Art Prize in 2014, obtained Honorary Mention in the Winton Outback Art Prize in 2020, the People’s Choice Award in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize in 2012 and has been a serial finalist in art prizes including the Alice Springs Art Prize, the Broken Hill Outback Open, and the Redland Art Award. He is the subject of a 2013 monograph about central Australia titled Out from Alice — painting and drawing in central Australia (ArtHives, Brisbane).