Ross Bleckner’s work first attracted the art world’s attention in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, along with David Salle, Eric Fischl, and Julian Schnabel. At the outset of his career he created a series of works (the Stripe Paintings) that produced a moving effect following the Op Art movement of the 1960's. Later on, though, he adopted a painting style that oscillated between abstraction and representation, focusing on a play between light and darkness.
His semi-transparent, recurring motifs of flowers, flying birds or cellular structures of AIDS or cancer, constitute a symbolic visual writing. These images look faint, as if seen from afar, a fact that renders their identity indecipherable. At the core of Bleckner’s subject matter, one could detect the sense of loss, the pursuit of the ephemeral idea of beauty, the mutability of time, revisited through the antitheses: organic – inorganic, microcosm – macrocosm, proximity – remoteness.