John Ross and Clare Romano are a duo of husband and wife printmaking artists and teachers whose production spans many decades and ranges from architecture to landscapes views and visual travelogues. They wrote what is considered as the bible of printmaking ”The Complete Printmaker” (published in 1972 and still printed and used in universities today) and draws from the couple’s vast knowledge and expertise on the media of calligraphy and woodcuts.
Each one of their prints draw upon a limited palette to obtain a minimalist style which is nonetheless vital and memorable. Textures and shapes weave together in Romano’s landscape scenes, where the elements flow harmoniously into one another. In Ross’s prints the architectures form a layered unity with anachronistic juxtapositions of Gothic vaults, New Yorkese skyscrapers and Venice streets, blended into a Metropolis-like fantastic urbanscape.
This is a double post featuring the works of the duo. Here is the first part, with a selection of John Ross’s prints and drawings: