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Photograph of Artist JERRY ROSS
JERRY ROSS
Eugene, Oregon - United States


, Mount Baldy Abstract, Landscape, $420
, Coburg Hills Veduta, Landscape, $1,260
, Feel The Bern, Portrait, $5,775

Art Starting At $10,500

Artist Statement

Manifesto of American Verismo By Jerry Ross, 2012 "American verismo", a movement that I have recently founded, is a catch-all phrase for an artistic style that draws its main inspiration from Italian art, both classical and modern. There is an implied nostalgia for work done “dal vero” (after life) whether classical (Raphael, Rubens, or Caravaggio, etc.) or 19th century (the Tuscan I Macchiaioli school) or more contemporary. Verismo is somewhat akin to contemporary “atelier realism” but the latter has been criticized for an academic uniformity and its over attention to details. American verismo is more poetic and linked to post-impressionism, the Milan-based Scapigliatura (‘wild hair’) movement, and the I Machiaioli’s commitment to social issues. But like atelier realism, American verismo is associated with a painterly sketching style, use of broad brushstrokes, and the alla prima, “direct attack” technique of painting. It is also linked to all'aperto (open air) impressionist-style landscape painting. In short, to pleinairism which has become widely popular in recent years. I first introduced the term during several classes he taught at the Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene and then later at the "Angels Fight Road Art Center" plein air retreat up the McKenzie River (Oregon) during the summers of 2010 and 2011. A “social verismo” aspect of the style is political and makes comments on society and often depicts scenes with political or moral narratives. In “verismo” there is also the belief in the importance of making sketch studies...

Original Artworks (20)

Jerry Ross; Portrait of Italian Socce..., 2014, Original Painting Oil, 16 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241  Inspired by many trips to Italy and the huge soccer culture there. The face displays courage and determination. This portrait sketch, done in a loose brushwork style, depicts the face of an individual athlete. The colors are warm flesh tones that contrast with the black hair and ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2014
16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
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Jerry Ross; TorreOrsina, 2015, Original Painting Oil, 24 x 36 inches. Artwork description: 241  Inspired by our stay in Umbria, this is an abstract painting with the feel of landscape and he complex, rich depth of the Umbrian countryside. ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2015
24 x 36 inches (61.0 x 91.4 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Near Goshen, 2016, Original Painting Oil, 20 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241  Farm scene in Eugene near Goshen. A verismo composition with a minimum set of shapes. ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2016
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Portrait of Carlo Bianchi, 2016, Original Painting Oil, 17 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 Portrait of the great Italian tassista, Carlo Bianchi of Via Panoramica outside of Bologna , art collector, country gentleman, and adventurer to Stromboli. But it is the style that makes this portrait brilliant. See if you can discover why this style is influenced by the Italian modernists. ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2016
17 x 20 inches (43.2 x 50.8 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Mount Baldy Abstract, 2016, Original Painting Oil, 17 x 14 inches. Artwork description: 241  Landscape painting of an important mountain view just south of Eugene, Oregon. This work is a great example of American verismo which is based upon abstraction down to 4- 6 large shapes and value changes. This simplification increases the work' s impact on the viewer and ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2016
17 x 14 inches (43.2 x 35.6 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Coburg Hills Veduta, 2016, Original Painting Oil, 18 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241  Landscape of Coburg hills, near eugene, Oregon. The majestic Coburg hills are the very essence of Oregon' s natural environment. A varety of dark and lighter greens dominate. The brushwork is bold and visible in the foothills and forefront areas. Framed nicely with a silver wood ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2016
18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61.0 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Feel the Bern, 2016, Original Painting Oil, 36 x 48 inches. Artwork description: 241  A portrait of Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for president in 2016. Exhibited at Brent- Wesley Gallery, Las Vegas. ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2016
36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Amazon Park Veduta, 2016, Original Painting Oil, 36 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241 This is a landscape of a large park area in Eugene, Oregon. It is an excellent example of the use of
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2016
36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61.0 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Pier Cesare Bori, 2013, Original Painting Oil, 30 x 26 inches. Artwork description: 241 Oil macchia portrait of the late Professor Pier Cesare Bori ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2013
30 x 26 inches (76.2 x 66.0 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Arriva in Bologna, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 28 x 34 inches. Artwork description: 241 Angela Ross in Bologna. We arrived by train and the Italian police were anxious when Angela stepped off train wearing her long black Persian coat and hat with red star. They questioned her but there was no problem, they were just curious. This episode inspired the painting...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2010
28 x 34 inches (71.1 x 86.4 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Color Macchia of Trees, 2012, Original Painting Oil, 12 x 9 inches. Artwork description: 241  Color macchia notan of trees. ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2012
12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Coburg Hills, 2012, Original Painting Oil, 48 x 36 inches. Artwork description: 241  Coburg hills near Eugene. The Coberg Hills are north of Eugene, OR and are a majestic, dramatic range of foothills that border open crazing land. I have painted this natural expanse in my American Verismo style using patches of brushwork to abstract and add a visual poetry ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2012
48 x 36 inches (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Portrait of Fiorella, 2012, Original Painting Oil, 24 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241  Portrait of una vecchio donna italiano - - a citizen of Tuscany near Montepulciano. Work was on exhibit at David Joyce Gallery Dec- March 25th 2013 at the Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon. This work is currently available and is one of the best examples of my recent portraiture. ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2012
24 x 30 inches (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Ridgetop View, 2012, Original Painting Oil, 18 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241 Tuscan street scene, contemporary. ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2012
18 x 12 inches (45.7 x 30.5 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Oregon Veduta, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 36 x 36 inches. Artwork description: 241 Painting is based on sketches made in al' aperto style but the painting was created in the studio. A Romantic landscape style based on the Italian veduta tradition: distant views with dramatic skies.  Calligraphic brushwork in the sky.  A majestic vista of the Coastal Mountain Range ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2010
36 x 36 inches (91.4 x 91.4 cm)
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Jerry Ross; The Girl on the Train, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 20 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241  We met on the train to Milan. ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2010
20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61.0 cm)
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Jerry Ross; La Passeggiata con Cinghiali, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 7 x 5 feet. Artwork description: 241 Allegory of modern life in Italy. A couple is making their evening walk ( passeggiata) in a public space when they are suddenly confronted by a savage cinghiale ( wild boar) . In the background a young girl looks onto th scene, representing youth. The Cinghiale represents old Italy with ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2010
7 x 5 feet (2.13 x 1.52 m)
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Jerry Ross; Angela a go go, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 24 x 36 inches. Artwork description: 241  The artist' s wife, Angela Ross, in Amazon Park, Eugene. An example of the
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2010
24 x 36 inches (61.0 x 91.4 cm)
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Jerry Ross; La principessa della festa, 2009, Original Painting Oil, 36 x 48 inches. Artwork description: 241  The painting must speak for itself. It is based on the concept of the Oribundis. Note this piece is now dedicated to a sient auction for Dancibiity International in Eugene , Oregon a non- profit. If it doesnt get auctioned off there you may purchase it here after ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2009
36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm)
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Jerry Ross; Umbrian Countryside Veduta, 2009, Original Painting Oil, 20 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241  Lush countryside of Umbria ...
Jerry Ross
Original Oil Painting, 2009
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
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