Alastair Ross RSA: ‘My work covers a very wide range of media, scales and concepts. However, always present, albeit in varying degrees of figuration and abstraction, lies the human figure. This has been, and remains, an unending source of fascination and inspiration to me. In my early years as a student, the Florentine Renaissance master Donatello was a major influence, as was the Slav sculptor Ivan Mestrovich, along with two Viennese sculptors, Wilhelm Lehmbruck and Fritz Wotruba. However, in my pantheon of sculptural heroes, one artist above all others, was and remains, of seminal influence in my development as an artist, namely Auguste Rodin, the nineteenth-century French master.’