Artist Information

Artist Statement

Suburban detritus forms the starting point for the work of Ross Passmoor. He collects throw away materials from within the suburb of Blairgowrie and reworks these materials into large scale installations. Beyond the sculptural installations he uses collage and printmaking as way of processing the material visually to assist in the building and documentations of the installations. His work plays on the pastness of materials and in working with them the artist roots himself in the suburban space.

Artist Biography

Ross was born in Durban in 1984 and raised in Pietermaritzburg. After completing his Masters in Fine Art at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, he taught art at St. Benedict High School in Pinetown. After two years he left teaching, in favour of a full time art career. He has been living and working as an artist in Johannesburg since the beginning of 2012.Having had residencies at Assemblage’s NewARC studios and the Bag Factory Studios he is currently working on a Ph.D at Wits School of Art. Ross has shown work at the Turbine Hall Art Fair, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Gallery 2, Lizamore and Associates, Washington Print Gallery, Bayliss Gallery, KZNSA, ARTspace Durban and others. He has also been a finalist in various competitions including Sasol New Signatures, Absa Atelier, Nivea Art Awards, the SA Taxi Art Awards and he previously won the David Koloane Award.

Exhibition List

2009 – Start. The Nivea Art Award (Group Exhibition at the KZNSA)

2009 – Sasol New Signatures Exhibition (Finalist, Group Exhibition at the Pretoria Society of Arts)

2010 – Mafa Exhibition ‘Structures’ (Solo exhibition at the Jack Heath Gallery)

2011 – Found (Group Exhibition at ARTspace, Durban)

2012 – December Show (Group Exhibition at Intoto Gallery, Illovo)

2013 – The Illustrators Show (Group Exhibition at Kalashnikov Gallery, Braamfontein)

2013 – Turbine Hall Art Fair (with Artspace Jo’burg)

2013 – Diptych (Liberty Building, Braamfontein, by Assemblage)

2013 –FNB Jo’burg Art Fair (Featured Artist as David Koloane Award Winner)

2013 – The Line in Art (Group exhibition, Art Eye Gallery, Johannesburg)

2013 – A4 (Group show at Kalashnikovv Gallery, Braamfontein)

2013 – My Jo’Burg (Gallery 2, Johannesburg)

2013 – New Voices 2 (Lizamore and Associates, Johannesburg)

2013 – Sharon Sampson 5th Annual art show (Sharon Sampson Studios, Illovo)

2014 – South African Voices “A new generation of printmakers” (Washington print gallery)

2014 – Gold Rush (Intoto Gallery)

2014 – Capetown Art Fair (Artist Proof Studio booth)

2014 – Sarel Celliers Private School Exhibition (Lizamore and Associates)

2014 – End Point (Two by Two Gallery, Newtown)

2014 – KKNK (Stephan Welz and co. Curated Auction)

2014 – ABSA Atelier Finalist (ABSA Gallery)

2014 – Fresh Produce (Turbine Art Fair)

2014 – Turbine Art Fair (Gallery 2 Booth)

2014 – Showcase 3 (Bayliss Gallery, Norwood)

2014 – Colour Line (Print on Paper, Newtown)

2014 – Degrees of Separation (ABSA Gallery)

2014 – Reprinted (Bayliss Gallery, Norwood)

2014 – My Joburg 2 (Gallery 2, Parkwood)

2015 – Now or never (Intoto Gallery, Birdhaven)

2015 – Reviewed (Absa Gallery, Johannesburg)

2015 – SA Taxi Art Awards (Lizamore and associates, Parkwood)

2015 – Running on empty (Two person show at Gallery 2)

2015 – Turbine Art Fair (Gallery 2 and Assemblage Booths)

2016 – Bag Factory Salon Show

2016 – Jan Celliers Art Show

2016 – Bye bye Gwi Gwi (Assemblage)

2017 – Tunnel Vision (Solo show at The Point of Order)

2018 – Afterlife (Solo show at Wits Art Museum)

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