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DEVOTION - The True Power of Alex Ross' Art

posted Jul 12, 2008, 5:24 PM by Vu Sleeper

DEVOTION - The True Power of Alex Ross' Art

Sun, March 9th, 2008 at 12:00AM PST by George Khoury, Columnist


While it is often said that pictures speak louder than words, "Mythology," the beautiful art book by Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear about the artist, certainly proved that clich a moot point. Proving that Ross is no mere overnight sensation or phenomenon to be taken for granted, this book traced the artist's attachment to super-heroes back to a time when his medium was crayons and his canvas was construction paper. By the time Ross was 12, he already had a good sense of composition and storytelling ability better than most twice his age. Also evident are the influence of comic book idols who the young artist emulated: Neal Adams, George Perez, Joe Staton, among others… and the better question becomes, "Who hasn't influenced Alex Ross?" The painter has studied his chosen field by seeming to absorb something from any comic that crossed his path, something we see for ourselves as we absorb work after work.