About the Artist

For over fifty years Gale Fulton Ross has made an impression on the world with her expansive skills as an artist. Her career ambitions formed at an early age under the influence of her father, a pioneer in the nascent days of industrial design who inspired her with his concept of the Cadillac "fin". "My father worked as a body and fender man for a small Cadillac and Oldsmobile dealership in Malden, Massachusetts," Fulton Ross writes. "His job was to knock the dents out of people's vehicles and repair the damage. He was not a designer for the company but he was a frustrated artist. I was seven when he brought home a beat-up Oldsmobile and an equally beat-up Cadillac. He combined them into one car, a white Cadillac convertible with the grille from the Oldsmobile and fitted it with outrageously deliberate pointed fins in the back."

Her innate artistic talent won awards in high school and placement in art college. Thereafter she embarked on a career path that has taken her throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and the United States, during which she developed her skills under the mentorship of established artists such as Pierre Parsus of France and Cleveland Bellow of California. Along the way she has established studios in New York, Florida and, most recently, California.

Back at home, her renown has quietly expanded and her works can now be seen in museums, universities, and private collections around the country. As she has developed into a master, she has also been an active supporter of the arts, an art educator, the creator of an art foundation dedicated to developing young artists, and the winner of a major Public Art contract for her work in sculpture.

Fulton Ross creates from within, driven by the emotions borne of many diverse cultural experiences; she is a passionate voice of the Black experience in America. Her prolific body of work reflects both the abstract and the figurative.

She currently works from a studio in Camarillo, California, where she is creating a traveling exhibition dedicated to friendship and community. The project consists of 300 hand-painted portraits.


“I am inspired by your story, talents, and persistence...Thank you so much for your indelible presence in our world”
Richard J. Powell
John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History
Duke University


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See the video of Fulton Ross delivering a TedX talk