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 and 2021 Prix de West he was the James Earl Fraser Award recipient, and at the 2012 and 2019 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 17 countries. 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 humanity, as well as for his subjects and chosen materials. A pure, meaningful form 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; the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho; and the Washington State Art Commission Collection.