Ross Brown is the artist and mask maker behind the theatrical Dark Side Masks. He studied theatre in the European tradition, embracing mime, mask, movement and clowning.
Ross has always been intrigued and inspired by the Italian (Commedia dell’ Arte) and Balinese mask theatre traditions. He uses his artistic and technical skills to create masks using Papier Mache and leather, based on these traditions with his own unique interpretations.
In 1985, Ross moved to Australia, where he discovered rubber latex as a mask making material. Since then, he’s been designing and making rubber masks. Rubber, being stretchy and flexible, allows for a mask that blends with the face of the wearer like prosthetic makeup.
Ross started out making masks for theatre people, but due to their affordable price, his masks are now popular with everyone—from kids, adults and party goers to clowns and other performers.
Ross’ experience and understanding of the subtleties of the human face has allowed him to create a wonderful collection of funny and scary, big and small, powerful or subtle masks.
Young and old, everyone enjoys a good laugh, and you’ll definitely get one when you visit Ross’ Dark Side Masks stall at The Rocks Market.
Find more of Ross’s work on his Website, Facebook and Instagram.
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