Ross Matteson creates sculpture in marble, bronze and other media such as steel and glass. Known for his bird subjects, all of his work is recognized for its depth of meaning, craftsmanship and grace. At the 2013 Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, he was the recipient of the James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award, and at the 2012 Prix de West, he received the Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award.
Matteson’s family roots go back five generations in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest. Despite his Western roots, he has found cross-cultural appeal, being represented in 16 countries. It can be said his daily experience training and observing falcons helps nourish his observation skills, but his sculptures often include metaphors with relevance to the human condition. He demonstrates a respect for his subjects and his chosen materials. A pure, meaningful surface on his sculpture invites being touched by one’s hand and one’s reflective thoughts.
Institutions featuring Matteson’s work in exhibitions and in their permanent collections include the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming; the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin; and the State of Washington.