“…art and music are the gifts we are given to soften the edges, they go hand in hand…”
Ross Aberlé is an established portrait artist but is also renowned for his scenes and wildlife paintings. He works primarily in acrylics, pastels and graphite pencil.
He began his art career in Millicent in the Southeast where he was born and spent his early life. Working initially in water colour and oils, he was introduced to pastels, and quickly developed a passion for the medium. He became well known for his portraits and commissions began flooding in.
He won a national Rotary Art Competition with one of his portraits. He is a member of several international art groups and has been invited to exhibit all over the world.
He moved to Adelaide in 1987 and now lives in Hahndorf.
“I am an artist and a musician. I am passionate about both. Life can be a mechanical program. Art and music are the gifts we are given to soften the edges, they go hand in hand. I paint predominately in realist style but I enjoy design, colour, texture and drama in whatever form it takes.”
Ross creates pastel artworks using fine detail to complete a realistic likeness. His acrylic paintings vary from a unique style of black and white with highlights of colour to establish a dramatic effect, as well as realistic studies.
Portraits are painted from photographs on a commission basis, featuring any special details and colours to suit the client’s preferences and decor.
Q. How has living in South Australia influenced your art?
A. I haven’t lived anywhere but South Australia, but I have been blessed with beautiful people and subjects to inspire my art, and the opportunity to meet and learn from several great local artists.
Q. Have you lived in South Australia for your whole life?
Q. How would you describe the visual arts scene in South Australia?
A. It has developed and is continuing to become an important part of our culture and society.
Q. When did you know you wanted to be an Artist?
A. I started drawing and painting from a very early age as a child.
Q. How would you describe your art?
A. Realistic based, but venturing into a range of styles.
Q. Is your art based on any particular themes &/or ideas?
A. I paint portraits of people and animals, and am currently working on a series of Adelaide Hills scenes.
Q. Where did you start your journey as a visual artist (formal education)?
A. I am self-taught and have developed my styles from several sources.
Q. Who has influenced your style, during either formal education or in your personal experience?
A. I have been influenced by many people over the years, some include; Harvey Dinnerstein, Foster Caddell and Dennis Frost.
Q. Are you able to make a living as an artist?
A. No. I also work part time as a Registered Mental Health Nurse.
Q. Are there any other mediums that you enjoy working with?
A. I am currently enjoying Pastels, Acrylics and Graphite.
Q. What projects are you currently working on, if any?
A. A series of landscapes of the Adelaide Hills.
Q. Are there any aspects of your art that you find particularly challenging?
A. Applying the many variable qualities and techniques for use with Acrylics.
Q. Which is more important to you, the symbolic meaning of your work or the visual presentation?
A. Both the visual and emotional energy of the works are important.
Q. Do you have favourite pieces from your portfolio? Why?
A. I enjoyed the depth and detail of my Pastel Portrait of Eric Clapton and the colours and effects of the Acrylic Landscape of the River Torrens.
Q. How has media (traditional or social) influenced your art?
A. The use of the internet in particular has opened many doors in the Art World.
Q. Do you enjoy collaborating with other artists?
A. I enjoy meeting and sharing with other artists. I haven’t had the opportunity to collaborate.
Q. What advice would you give someone who aspires to a career in the visual arts?
A. Learn and experiment in as many fields of art that interest you, as you can, and it is always advisable to have other means of income also available to you.