Ross Coady began painting while he was an architecture student at Sydney University, when he was introduced by a friend to the John Ogburn Studio which was then at Circular Quay. He continued at the Studio until 2009 and says that John Ogburn’s teaching was the sustaining influence in his creative life. Involvement with the Harrington Street Gallery, and fellow artists there, has also been a great support and encouragement.
He practised architecture for a short time but then ventured into teaching, firstly Architecture students at UTS and then Visual Arts students at Shore School, where he was Head of Visual Arts.
From 1970 to 1973 he exhibited at Watters Gallery and The Arts Council Gallery. Since then he has exhibited annually at the Harrington Street Gallery, in group shows, Autumn Shows and "theme" shows.
I want my paintings to convey personal experiences, which hopefully resonate with those of the viewer, but foremost, I want each of them to have their own integrated physical presence. In the thin, transparent, mediated world of the internet, iPhone and Facebook, and of cheap, inhuman modern architecture, the unique flesh and blood reality of a painting is a luxury and, for me, a necessity.