Ross Coady began painting while he was an architecture student at Sydney University, at which time he was introduced by a friend to the John Ogburn Studio at Circular Quay. He continued at the Studio until 2009 and says that through the years John Ogburn’s teaching was a 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 became 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.
Content is an important aspect for me but primarily I work on a painting until it presents, nanoseconds before the content, its own unique and unifying visual sensation, which cannot be expressed in words.