Alexander Sharpe Ross (1908-1990) – painter and illustrator.
Alexander Sharpe Ross was born October 28,1908 in the town of Dunfermline, Scotland. The family moved to the United States while Ross was still a child. They settled in Pittsburgh.
He began working as a lettering man at Rayart Studios in Pittsburgh, a job that lasted three years. His first art assignment was a litho-crayon cover for the in-house publication of a Pennsylvania telephone company. In 1930 he entered a national peace poster contest on the theme; “There Shall be No More War.” He won first prize. His next staff position was at Pitt Studios, where he was given choice advertising assignments to illustrate. In January 1940 Alex Ross decided he was ready for the big time and moved to New York. He had tested the waters with a visit the previous summer when he’d made the rounds of various studios and secured some freelance work. Ross really did make the big time; he joined the prestigious Charles E. Cooper studio and began illustrating for a wide variety of national advertising accounts.