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Rick’s recent exhibition, The Explorers Guild: Rick Ross and Explorations in Graphic Fiction, ran from August 27 through December 15, 2016, at the Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery of California State University, Fullerton.
The Explorers Guild: Rick Ross and Explorations in Graphic Fiction featured Rick’s most recent paintings, which combine the triumphalist iconography of the super-hero with subversive surrealist double imagery–together both reifying and scrutinizing the mythos of American consumer culture–along with examples from his nearly two decades working in comics, multimedia, and films.
Also included were a selection of illustrations from the New York Times Best Seller, The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster), a four-year collaboration with Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Costner and acclaimed novelist Jon Baird. For this sprawling 770-page part-novel, part-graphic novel, Rick created over 600 pages of illustrations and graphic storytelling, along with six full color oil paintings.
Also shown was his award winning film, Backslide, starring Felicia Day, which has screened at more than twenty film festivals around the world and was named one of the ten best comedy shorts of the year by the American Cinematheque.