Thom Ross is currently working 24/7 on his next monumental installation. This new outdoor installation will consist of 120 life sized painted sculptures placed in the sand at the Pacific Ocean depicting a 1902 photograph of Buffalo Bill Cody's "Indians on the Beach". The location is just below the Cliff House in San Francisco.
Many of you may remember this artist's 200 life sized sculptures he created 3 years ago based on the battle of the Little Big Horn and positioned on the battlefield in Montana. Press and public viewing was limited in the sparsely populated area of the National Park, but this new project is surely to draw not only regional crowds, but national attention to Ross and his passion for portraying the Wild West. Look for this project to take place the first week in September 2008.
Ross has recently and for the second year in a row, been named by True West Magazine as the best living contemporary western painter in the country.
For "Invitation to a Pow-Wow", Ross has transferred some of the techniques he has been using on his large plywood figures to the canvas, thus creating a mixed-media appearance to his work. Construction and adornment reach past the canvas with unusual edges, sparkles and wispy feathers.
"Hoka Hey! It will be a great night for an opening!"
("Hoka hey" was a proud Lakota war cry, appearing most frequently as: "Hoka Hey! It is a good day to die!")