June 2018

Ashley Segroves: The Studio 208 and Revolution Design

Mural by Ian Ross


A prolific muralist, installation artist, and painter, Ian Ross is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist whose love of the natural world deeply influences his practice. Born and raised in Marin County, he draws from his meditative, solitary experiences in Northern California’s forests and beaches to inform his signature approach to abstract imagery. Ross allows himself to get carried away in an intuitive creative process, channeling the calm he feels while communing with nature through organic shapes. Through his prolific painting career spanning over a decade, Ross has become a central figure in San Francisco’s street art and gallery scenes. Ross is currently represented by Rocha Art in San Francisco, Project Gallery in Los Angeles, and The Studio 208 in Nashville and is focused on his mural and studio practice.


Ashley Segroves; Photograph by John Partipilo

The love affair with Ian’s work began in April 2017. I had the opportunity to host his work in a private art show during the week he was in Nashville. Watching him paint is a treat; perched 25 feet up in the bucket lift, he’s completely in the flow. Painting from sunrise to sunset, then to my gallery to help position the art and lighting for his show . . . painting until the last moment, he barely made his flight.

Ian is kind, authentic, and radiates goodness. His layers of paint or sand are glimpses of that energy. See for yourself; visit the mural and find his beach paintings in the sand all over the world. These gifts to the earth are absolutely amazing. You’ll discover shapes, patterns, layers of color and movement. The depth is endless, and finding hidden treasures is delightful!

Ian’s mural holds a message. It reminds me that we are all connected and that I am going in the direction of my dream, to experience art everywhere! Nashville is fortunate to share this gift, and this collection of experiences led me to choose Ian’s mural as my favorite painting.

I will leave it to your imagination what he listens to when he paints …


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