Samuel Ross refers to himself as an ‘atypical protagonist’ in contemporary art and design.

He grew up in modernist housing estates in Brixton and the East Midlands, and remains fascinated by the utopian promise of these buildings – but also their blind spots, which he tries to illuminate. 

The works Ross has placed here in the Sculpture Gallery are related to this biographical experience. They are made partly of marble, like the classical sculptures around them, and partly of steel, powder-coated in bright orange. 

In modernism, there was a preference for the industrial over the antique and the abstract over the figurative. Here at Chatsworth, the priorities are the other way around. Ross embraces it all, creating a hybrid style that is vividly new.

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