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Foundry31 highlights the work of artist : Ian Ross

Foundry31 has been memorialized with a building mural by renowned artist, Ian Ross, that extends from the first floor up to the tower. The artists goal with the work at Foundry is to pull local colors from the surrounding hillside and light blue sky, down to the massive cement facade. Ross prefers to paint murals which connect the viewer with nature. In an urban environment, green views and trees in our neighborhoods are precious, healthy reminders of our relationship with the planet. Ross thrives in nature, finding inspiration outdoors hiking, surfing and riding a bike.

About the artist

A prolific muralist, ceramicist, installation artist, and painter, Ian Ross is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist whose love of the natural world deeply influences his practice. Creative since he was a young child, Ross was raised in a family with three generations of artists. Born and raised in Marin County, he draws from his meditative, solitary experiences in Northern California’s forests and beaches to inform his signature approach to abstract imagery. Ross’s background in ceramic sculpture comes through in his painting style. Similarly to the way he works with clay, he paints with gestural marks that respond the medium’s tactile qualities. Whether working on a canvas, a wall, or a sculpture, Ross allows himself to get carried away in an intuitive creative process, channeling the calm he feels while communing with nature through organic shapes.