Ross Philip is one of Australia’s innovative artists. His artistic experience spans virtually every area of the visual and performing arts. Over the past 40 years Ross has worked as a professional dancer, choreographer, sculptor, painter, actor, director and set designer.
Ross Philip became a professional dancer at the early age of 18. He went on to tour the world with the Sydney Dance Company and shared the international stage with the likes of Mikhail Barishnikov. In the early 1990s, Ross danced with Bangarra Dance Theatre in the production Praying Mantis Dreaming. Over the years, Ross also expressed his creativity through the visual arts where he has achieved success in a variety of national sculptural exhibitions and prizes. Ross was selected to participate in the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition, Sydney in 2001, ' Dancer’s Landscape' an assemblage by Ross Philip was selected and shown in the 2003 Art Gallery of NSW Sulman Prize Exhibition.
Prima Assoluta is Rosco’s first Solo Exhibition and he has chosen to express snippets from a lifetime in the theatre, behind the scenes, opening night curtains and private memoirs through works created from and with point shoes.
“ I started collecting point shoes in the late seventies and always knew works of art would be born from them, in time “
On an archival note, Prima Assoluta has historical significance for Art Collectors and Lovers of Australian Dance and Theatre. These works are uniquely enriched by the fact that these point shoes were worn by leading ballerinas from the Australian Ballet spanning three decades including the current principals Nicole Rhodes and Simmone Goldsmith for their parts in the recent premier’s of Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. Also many of the point shoes were worn and collected for Ross by the lovely Vicki Attard throughout the nineties and before then, the early shoes were so generously collected by Dame Margaret Scott from the Australian Ballet School.
“ If these shoes could speak, they would speak volumes ”
This inherent part of the works in Prima Assoluta has a soul of its own really, adding that interesting historical and archival aspect to the exhibition. However, it was never intended as the main thrust nor key objective to the works, even though Prima Assoluta does embody a dance/artist’s personal pilgrimage, the joys, pain, private moments, recollections and insights in its truest expression.
Ross continues to create, explore and embrace his Artistic pursuits as a way of life. He is an active member of ADA ( Australian Dance Artists) and is the current winner of the Wallarobba Most Outstanding Local Artist Award.