Christopher Ross (sculptor)

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Christopher Ross (born 1931 in New York) is an American designer[1] and collector of militaria.[2] Ross has earned an international reputation for his animal wearable fine art and portrait sculpture.


Christopher Ross, the son of Captain Gustave Ross and grandson of New York Supreme Court Justice William P. Burr,[3] was born and raised on the Upper East Side of New York. He spent his school years at the Fairfield Country Day School[4] in Fairfield and Westport, Connecticut. Subsequently, he attended the Marie-José private boarding school in Gstaad, Switzerland. Ross completed his school education at the Millbrook School with Edward Pulling as his mentor, and then attended college (Collegiate School) in New York City.

Ross studied history and philosophy at Columbia University in New York. From 1955 to 1976, Ross was a partner at Brooks Harvey, which was then acquired by Morgan Stanley. He entered a partnership with Harry Helmsley, and in 1969 they founded a company together.[5] As an investment banker he went to South America for two years and represented the interests of Southern Railroad, Venezuela,[6] while his sister Sheilah Ross worked as a photo and cover model for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar in New York. In the mid-1970s Ross returned to the United States and devoted himself to sculpture and collecting European collectables from the period of Waterloo to 1914.[7]

Ross has been awarded several design awards, such as the A'Design Award.[8][9] In 2016, he was made hon. life fellow of the Royal Society of Arts[10] (FRSA) and was officially selected artist for the annual summer exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture in Edinburgh. In the same year Ross was nominated for the German Design Award in Frankfurt.


Ross’s wearable luxury art collection Animal Instinct is a series of animal inspired, limited edition pieces intricately crafted by the artist himself from antique sterling silver, 24-karat gold and Bohemian glass.

His wearable fine art and portrait sculpture has been featured in numerous international fashion magazines such as Vogue, L’Officiel, Madame, Elle France, Harper’s Bazaar and magazine covers such as Marie Claire and Malaysia Tatler. His jewellery has been seen in fashion shows, most recently at Fendi’s Limited Edition Experiences, Art Basel in Miami Beach 2009, Vendôme Luxury Paris 2010 and in 2016, at the Royal Scottish Academy[11] in Edinburgh. His work was shown by the American fashion designer Rachel Roy at her Autumn/Winter Digital Runway Show[12] 2013/2014, in New York City.

Public collections include:: the Eremitage St.Petersburg, Palais Galliera, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art,[13][14] New York; the National Museums of Scotland;[15] Yale University Art Gallery,[16] Newark Museum,[17] Newark; Kent State University Museum and Boston Museum of Fine Arts.[18][19] Other collections are on view Chisholm Gallery in Wellington, Florida, USA.[20]

Press - Catalogues - Directories[edit]

  • Ulrich Goette Himmelblau: Who's Who in Visual Art / 100 Top Fine Artists of Our Day. Art Domain Publisher, QUEDLINBURG/GERMANY, 2017 ISBN 978-3-9817701-2-4
  • GrupoDuplex: Joyería Contemporánea. BARCELONA/SPAIN, 2016 Dep. Legal.: SA-555-2011
  • DesignerPress: Award Winning Product & Industrial Design. Vol. 14-P, page 67, COMO/ITALY, 2016 ISBN 978-88-97977-11-7
  • DesignerPress: Award Winning Designs 2015-2016 A' Design Award YearBook. Digital Edition Book – PDF, COMO/ITALY, 2016 ISBN 978-88-97977-15-5
  • The Jones Group: Rachel Roy. Custom Digital Runway Lookbook. NEW YORK CITY/USA, 2014
  • Studio XXb: BrickWorld. Vendôme Luxury Exhibition Catalogue, PARIS/FRANCE 2010
  • Lurve Paris-Berlin: Hedonism. Bi-annual Collectible Edition Nr. 2, PARIS/FRANCE 2009 / 2010
  • Hans Deumling: More Favourite Things. Eduard Meier GmbH, MUNICH/GERMANY 2008
  • Agostino von Hassell: Military High Life, Elegant Food Histories and Recipes, University Press of the South Inc., New Orleans, LOUISIANA/USA,2006 ISBN 978-1931948609
  • Richard Martin, Harold Koda: Swords into Ploughshares. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NEW YORK/USA 1995
  • Christopher Buckley: Manhattan Town House. New York Special Edition. Architectural Digest, NEW YORK/USA 1992
  • Aardvark Publishing: The Great Bermuda Catalogue. HAMILTON/BERMUDA, 1987 ISBN 978-0960654215
  • Audra D.S Burch: Limited Edition Experiences turns Design District into style mecca. In: The Miami Herald, 12/2009
  • Kyra Brenzinger: Christopher Ross, Un Artiste à Votre Taille. In: Gemme Paris, France, 6/2010
  • Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, Annual Exhibition, Christopher Ross Exhibition EDINBURGH/SCOTLAND

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