John Cross

(1935 - 2019)

John Cross’s head carvings, worked in pine with a simple knife, seem at first glance deceptively simple. The pieces are so sharply modeled, so clearly defined, that the viewer gets a sense of strength and mass that somewhat belies the relatively small scale. The latest work of course, relates very much to the earlier figurative carvings Cross showed throughout the seventies and eighties at the Jay Johnson and Frank Miele Galleries in New York City.

Cross also makes large contemporary sculpture based on form and transformation that combine the structure inherent in tree elements with the imprint of sculptural modulation. In each of these pieces, the natural structure of a tree often suggests the direction the sculpture must take while the lines continually delineate the shape the specific tree has taken.

With all his work, Cross’s overriding interest would appear to be the process. The materials, stone or wood or metal may vary as do the results, but his true love for making sculpture is all present.

Work by Cross can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian, The Museum of American Folk Art and the American Museum in Bath, England and his sculptures are continually included in important contemporary art shows throughout the world. He was commissioned by Absolut Vodka to create a piece, “Absolut Cross” for their on-going ad series.

Wood Carvings

Wood Carved Portraits

Marble Carvings

Large Sculpture

Inkjet Prints




2018 “American Wood Sculptor John Cross,” Henry Sheldon Museum, Middlebury, VT
2016 “Wood Works,” The National Arts Club, New York, NY
2015 David Findlay Jr. Gallery, New York, NY
2012 David Findlay Jr. Gallery, New York, NY
2011 The Century Association, New York, NY
2005 John Davis Gallery, New York, NY
2002 “Recent Sculpture,” 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY
2001 Davis & Hall Gallery, Hudson, NY
1994 Ann Morris, New York, NY
1992 “Jockeys,” Toad Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY
1989 Jay Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
1986 Jay Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
1981 Jay Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
1972 Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY


2018 Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT
“Wood Would,” Kaaterskill Gallery, Catskill Mountain Foundation, Hunter, NY
2017 “Americana,” Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2015 The Century Association, New York, NY
2009 “Architectural Photography,” Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, NY
2008 “Wood,” Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2007 “First Bloom: Dialogues in Exuberance,” Victoria Price Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
“Invitational Sculpture Show,” The Hargate Gallery, St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH
Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
2004 “Gallery Artists,” John Davis Gallery, New York, NY
Richard Sena Gallery, Hudson, NY
Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
2003 “Woodcut Cut Wood,” Watermark/Cargo Gallery, Kingston, NY
2002 “Midwest Maquettes,” Krasi Art Center, Saint Joseph, MI
“Sculpture in the Garden 2002,” Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Stockbridge, MA
“Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood,” Stockbridge, MA
2001 “Pier Walk 2001,” International Invitational Sculpture Exhibition, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
“3-D Chicago,” Daley Center, Invitational Group Exhibition, Chicago, Il
Pratt Institute Sculptural Park, Invitational Group Show, Brooklyn, NY

2000 “Sculpture in the Garden 2000,” Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA
“Inaugural Sculpture Exhibition,” Davis & Hall Gallery, Hudson, NY
“Alumni Artists’ Exhibition,” Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
1998 “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood,” Stockbridge, MA
“Crossing The Line,” Gallery 53, Cooperstown, NY
1997 “The Men’s Room,” The Gallery at 2 Depot, Chatham, NY
“Knuckle Ball,” Gallery 53, Cooperstown, NY
“Play Ball,” Frank Miele Gallery, New York, NY
“The Human Form,” The Armory Art & Antique Gallery, Hudson, NY
1996 “Outdoor Sculpture Expo,” Blithewold Mansion & Gardens, Bristol, RI
“Stealing Home,” Gallery 53, Cooperstown, NY
1995 ”Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood,” Stockbridge, MA
“Contemporary Folk Art,” Nathan D. Rosen Museum, Boca Raton, FL
1994 Vermont Council on the Arts, Woodstock, VT
Frank Miele Gallery, New York, NY
“Riverworks,”The Hoosic River Watershed Assoc., Williamstown, MA
1993 “Fieldworks,” Annual Art Omi Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Ghent, NY
“Riverworks,” The Hoosic River Watershed Assoc., Williamstown, MA
“Games We Play, The Art of Sports,” Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA
1992 “Man and His Art,” Frank Miele Gallery, New York, NY
1990 “Absolut Vodka Exhibition,” Museum of American Folk Art, New York, NY
1988 “American Folk Art,” Museum of Art, Science & Industry, Bridgeport, CT
1984 “American Folk Art at the American Festival Café,” Rockefeller Ctr., New York, NY
Jay Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
1983 “An Alternative Art, The Non-Academic Tradition in America Today,” Halifax, England
1982 “Alternative Art,” Woodspring Museum, Weston, Supar Mare, Avon, England
“Alternative Art,’ University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, England
1981 Shirley Scott Gallery, South Hampton, NY
“Alternative Art,” Bede Gallery, Jarrow, England
“Alternative Art,” Central School of Art & Design, London, England
Gallerie de Boicourt, Detroit, MI
Westlake Gallery, White Plains, NY
1980 “American Folk Art, The View from New York,” Nassau County Museum, Nassau County, NY
1979 The American Museum, Bath, England
Jay Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
1977 Webb & Parsons Gallery, Bedford, NY
1973 “Sculpture 3,” New York Artists on tour, The World Trade Center, New York, NY
1970 Bellflower Court Project, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH


Absolut Vodka Mr. Garrison Keillor
American Museum in Britain Ms. Ali McGraw
Lisa Fox-Martin, Dickson May Museum of American Folk Art, Leo Rabkin Collection
The Francis Greenburger Collection The Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM
J. Judkyn Memorial in England The Smithsonian, Washington, DC
Mr. Ned Tanen Time Equities, Inc. Art-in-Buildings Program
The Fields at Art Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY


2017 AHA, A House for Arts, Interview with John Cross, WMHT, Troy, NY
Roberts, Daniel, “Steady Hands,” Middlebury Magazine, Summer
2016 Gardner, Ralph Jr., “Urban Gardner,” The Wall Street Journal, February 9, A16
Jemielity, Sam, “Carving His Niche,” Chicago Booth Magazine, Chicago, IL
2010 Morgan, Robert C., Dialogue with John Cross, John Cross Catalog
2009 Morgan, Robert C., “John Cross,” Sculpture Magazine, September
2005 Gelber, Eric, “John Cross; Sculpture,”, February
2006 Clark, Agi, “Linda and John Cross, in their own terrain,” Hudson River Art, vol. 5, p. 8
2003 Morgan, Robert C., “New York, John Cross, Maiden Lane Exhibition Space,” Sculpture Magazine, December

Smart, Paul, “Pat-on-the back night,” Ulster Publishing Co. alm@nac, Kingston, NY
Cassai, Mary, “Kingston Exhibition joins Artists of Wood,” Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY, June Carlock, Mary, “Sculpture in the Garden, Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Stockbridge, MA,” Sculpture Magazine, April
2002 Jaeger, William, “Art alfresco,” Albany Times Union, Albany, NY, July 14
de Lisle, Doug, “Garden of Earthly Delights,” the Record, Troy, NY, June 23
Bonenti, Charles, “Art Review,’ The Berkshire Eagle, Great Barrington, MA, August 15
“White Pine Lines to be at TSL,” Register Star, Hudson, NY
“Artists and Artisans,” The Country and Abroad, Pine Plains, NY, May
2001 Morgan, Robert C., “John Cross,” Sculpture Magazine, December
“Wood sculpture at Davis & Hall,” Hudson Register-Star, Hudson, NY, April 13
“Trees are Root of New Work,” The Independent, Columbia County, NY, April 20
“Work by John Cross,” Home & Style Magazine, Austerlitz, NY
“Pier Walk 2001,” The Chicago International Sculpture Exhibition Catalog, Chicago, IL.
2000 “A Wealth of Sculpture,” Berkshires Week, Great Barrington, MA, July 27
The Independent, Columbia County, NY May 18
“Group Exhibition at Davis & Hall,” Hudson Register-Star, Hudson, NY May 12
1998 Russell, Gloria, “Contemporary Sculpture,” Sunday Republican, Springfield, MA, July 12
1997 “Woodcarvers Cut Ambitious Goal,” The Cooperstown Crier, Cooperstown, NY, Jan 30
1996 Lewis, R.W., Absolut Book, The Absolut Vodka Advertising Story, Journey Editions
1995 Contemporary Folk Art, A View From the Outside, Nathan Rosen Museum, Boca Raton, FL
1994 “Cross Currents,” Country Living, Columbia County, NY, February
1993 "Fieldwork," The Paper, Stockbridge, MA, August
1990 "Absolut Cross," (Absolut Vodka advertisement), Country Home, April
Slesin, Susan, "Style Makers, John Cross," The New York Times, April 22
1986 Ketchum, W.C. Jr., All-American Folk Arts and Crafts, Rizzoli, NY
1985 “John Cross – Whittler,” def WORLD, Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, Inc. New York, NY
1984 “A Handmade Country Christmas,” House Beautiful, NY, December
1983 Johnson, Jay, Ketchum, W.C. Jr., American Folk Art of the Twentieth Century, Rizzoli, NY
1981 “Sculptures by John Cross,” Money Magazine, March, p. 91
1980 Clarion, Winter, New York, NY
Contribtor: Encyclopedia of Crafts, Edited by Laura Torbet, Scribner, New York, NY
1979 “A Cross Carving’s Honest Work,” The New World, New York, NY, December 4
1974 “Living Today,” Times Union, Albany, NY, August 9
Co-author, with Linda Cross, Kitchen Crafts, Macmillan, New York, NY
1973 “Making an Art of Living,” American Home, August, p. 51 - 53
1972 “Brooklyn Gets a Sculpture Garden for all Seasons,” The New York Times, July 22
Murphy, Marsha, “Borough Hall Acquires Outdoor Art,” Phoenix, Brooklyn, NY, July 27
1971 Wellish, Marjorie, “Material Extension in New Sculpture,” arts magazine, New York, NY
1970 Borsick, Helen, “Sculptural Uplift,” The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH
“Crafts are for the Making,” Ladies Home Journal Needle & Craft, New York, NY, Fall

1958-60 The University of Chicago, M.B.A.
1955-58 Middlebury College, B.A.