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A photograph of the Artist, Pete Ross

Pete Ross

Born: Glasgow, Scotland 1961.

B.A. Art & Design

Western Australian Institute of Technology

(Curtin University).

Pete Ross was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Now living and working in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Peer recognised for his works in portraiture and landscape painting by notable exhibitions and participation in esteemed competitions such as the Lester Prize (formally Black Swan Prize for Portraiture), Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and Lethbridge 20000 Art Awards underscoring his status as an artist of merit.

More recently Petes works include 'Black Summers' where he adeptly merges observations of the natural landscapes with oil and acrylic paint on sculpted, fire-treated native wood panels in response to the most catastrophic fire seasons ever recorded in Australia that resulted in the deaths of billions of native animals, scorched 243,000 square kilometre and left 34 dead.

Other concepts Pete is studying include large scale landscapes executed in a single colour in response to the vastness and light of the Australian environment - nothing here to see.

At the heart of Pete's artistic vision lies a profound dedication to addressing the critical issues concerning the impact of human activity on the environment, communities, countries, and the planet as a whole.

His oeuvre is characterised by a compelling portrayal of the interconnectedness between human actions and the delicate balance of nature. Through his powerful depictions, Pete endeavours to provoke contemplation on ecological and sociocultural challenges, urging viewers to confront the consequences of human interventions on the natural world.

This commitment to bringing forth thought-provoking dialogues on pressing environmental concerns has become a defining hallmark of Pete's practice.

Pete continues to explore and challenge the boundaries of artistic expression through his  considered creations, addressing pressing global concerns with unwavering dedication and artistic prowess.

Exhibitions + Awards


Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

(Semi Finals). Paddington House,

Sydney, Australia.


Finalist Black Swan Portrait Prize.

Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Perth Australia


89 Days. The Fenians Exhibition

Kidogo Art Gallery, Fremantle, Western Australia.

'Skin Deep'

West Australian Portrait Artists. Exhibition.

Moores Building, Fremantle, Western Australia.


WAPA Exhibition 2020

West Australian Portrait Artists Exhibition. PSAS

Fremantle, Western Australia.


Leithbridge Landscape Prize

Salon Des Refusés

Paddington, Queensland, Australia.


Leithbridge Landscape Prize


Paddington, Queensland, Australia.


Town of Claremont Exhibition


Claremont, Western Australia.


Reimagine Exhibition

Crossroads of Consumption


Hornsby, NSW.

Artwalk Fremantle  2024


Western Australia.


exh. cat. Black Swan Prize for Portraiture 2016

exh. cat. Skin Deep 2018

exh. cat. WAPA 2020

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