Paint Ground by Ruth Philo

31 Jul 2017 – 5 Aug 2017

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry


Westminster Reference Library

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Tube: Charing X / Leicester Square
  • Charing Cross

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Ruth's paintings are concerned with colour, light and surface and their power to evoke feeling and memory.


Her work is not an explanation or depiction of the world, instead she tries to convey a sensory experience through abstraction, sometimes emerging from notions of place, walking, time and the everyday.

The paintings are also about the materiality of paint and process, becoming themselves a record to reveal condensed histories in their surfaces.

Abstract expressionism and minimalism are at the source of Ruth's practice, but her painting is located in contemporary 21st century abstraction, where gesture has become touch and the scale is often intimate, working 'face to face' with the viewer.

Ruth regularly exhibits in the UK and works from a studio at Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester. She is a member of Contemporary British Painting and also curates shows including Lines for Agnes (2015) in London. In 2015 she had work selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Ruth has an MA in Fine Art (2011) from Norwich University of the Arts.

Film making and participatory work also form part of Ruth's practice, engaging with audiences through walking, connections with place, health and wellbeing. 

As Maurice Merleau Ponty wrote 'How would the painter or poet express anything other than his (her) encounter with the world' G A Johnson 'The Merleau Ponty Aesthetics Reader: Philosophy & Painting' (Northwestern University Press, Illinois, 1993:176)

For more information visit: ruthphilo.co.uk

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