Ambrose’s drawings of disparate images are interwoven as if reconstructing memories. He looks at the world with detached disengagement, seeing the details and sometimes getting trapped within the image. The black and white drawings are a reflection of his childhood in an industrial Pennsylvania town, looking out his bedroom window at the colorless scene before him. He looks on color as too decorative and therefore stays away from it. This allows the viewer to focus on the scene and the minute details. The construct of the panoramic images are also meant to enhance the viewers periphery; the scroll like quality allows Ambrose to depict multiple elements within a rhythmic spatial context, also allowing the viewer to experience the environment as if they were engrossed in it.
Ric Ambrose has spent twenty years in the museum world as a curator and director. He was an accomplished artist at the start of his career and after retiring from the museum world decided to pick up where he left off. Ambrose has shown extensively around the US, including museum exhibitions in Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, Illinois, Georgia and North Carolina. His work is in many public collections, including AT & T, Beta West, Central Bank and Sohio Gas and Oil Company.