Collection UR-SF 90 - Dr Alastair R. Ross papers

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UR-SF 90


Dr Alastair R. Ross papers


  • 20th-21st century (Creation)

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11 box files

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Biographical history

Dr Alastair R. Ross, one of the leading figurative sculptors in the UK, was born in Perth in 1941. Between 1960-1966 he studied at DJCAD as well as studying across Europe. He originally planned to be a painter, but his admiration for Scott Sutherland, one of his instructors, led Ross towards sculpture. Between 1966-2003, Ross was tutor and then lecturer in Fine Art at DJCAD, University of Dundee, and has also lectured in the USA, Malta and elsewhere in Scotland.
Ross has many professional memberships, including fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and has won many awards including the Society's Sir Otto Beit Medal. He is an Academician of the Royal Scottish Academy, an R.G.I., an Hon. Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and Honorary President of the Scottish Artists' Benevolent Fund.
His works embrace a wide variety of artistic concepts, scales, media and contexts, although, the human figure is at the core of Ross's work. His influences include Donatello, Ivan Mestrovich, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Fritz Wotruba and Auguste Rodin.

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Collected and organised by the depositor's wife

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The collection includes photographs of his architectural work, portrait heads, slightly abstract figures and full figure studies including works such as Aurora, Sir Malcolm Innes (Lord Lyon King of Arms) and the "Spirit of Scotland" award. Also photographs of Ross in his studio, at events and exhibitions, including photos taken by Joseph McKenzie in 1966. Photographs of his religious works such as 'Head of Christ' and 'Madonna and Christchild.' There are also ephemera relating to his exhibitions such as the One-man Retrospective, University of Abertay 2003 plus correspondence with various people, newscuttings and journals from The Royal Society of British Sculptors.



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Collection previously arranged by Dr Alastair R. Ross's wife, Kay

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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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UR-SF 90

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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