1910 (West Orange, New Jersey)
1989 (Poughquaq, New York)
New York/New Jersey
Photo submitted by Carolyn L Ross
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illustration-western, horses, sport
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|The following is from Carolyn L. Ross, daughter of the artist. The artist's website is www.carolynlross.com|
December 4,1910- Born in West Orange, New Jersey
1927- Graduated from West Orange High School
Leslie Ross 1910-1989 - A. Leslie Ross was born in West Orange, New
Jersey in 1910. A second generation artist, his father, Arthur L.
Ross, was a painter and rug designer.
A. Leslie Ross studied art
at The New York School of Fine and Applied Art [ Parsons ] and Pratt Institute in
N.Y.C. His first studio was on East 63rd Street and from there he
started his successful illustration career.
Serving in World War
II, Ross was Art Director of the US Training Aid Division and designed
the hand cut silk screen teaching aids for the US Forces. At the close
of the war he returned to the Northeast, building a stone studio in
Poughguag, New York. Here he resumed his illustration work
combined, in later years with university teaching at Dutchess Community
College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
As a freelance artist he lived
with his wife Pearl, [ a mosaic and ceramic artist] and their daughter
Carolyn [ stage designer and painter].
Ross had spent summers,
as a young man, on his Aunt's farm in Amenia N.Y. working with
horses. Here he developed his drawing ability and the knowledge
of horses that was to establish his reputation, becoming best known for
illustrations involving action and horse movement. He produced
over 300 Western covers in oil, gouache and acrylic between 1947-1956,
working for Famous Western, Pocket Books, Popular Library, Street and
Smith and Pines Publications to name a few.
He was also well known for his action sports covers for Super Sport, All Sports and Popular Sports combined with work for Boy's Life Magazine and The United States Line [ocean liner] with J. Walter Thompson Agency in NYC.
His major exhibitions were at I.B.M. and New York City Center Gallery combined with private collections
his fine art oil and watercolor painting, as well as in his
illustration, Ross will be remembered for his use of compelling
composition, vivid color and understanding of movement. In 1971
he was awarded the Two Thousand Men of Achievement honor.
1927-1928- worked at American Color type Co.
1929-1930-New York School of Fine Art [ Parsons]
Studied with Henry V. Poore, Wayman Adams and Harvey Dunn
1934- Street & Smith, Popular Publications
1939- Moved from 67th St. NYC to Poughquag, New York
1941- Paintings for Warner Brothers- Columbia Pictures- Paramount
1943-1946-Art Director-US Army -Camp Hood, Texas Developed Training Aids
1947-1956-Paintings for Pocket Books, American Magazine- United States Line
with J. Walter Thompson- Boy's Life- Cavalier Magazine- Real Magazine-Colliers
1963-Assistant Professor Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie, NY
PUBLICATIONS OF PAINTINGS
Gold Metal Books
Ellery Queen Magazine
Street & Smith
Sport Story Magazine
American Water Color Society
1964-Key Gallery NYC, NY
1964 Bennet College, Millbrook, New York
Little Studio, NY
Art Directors Gallery
New York City Center
1971-Two Thousand Men of Achievement
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