ruth mclees | between two rivers

12 Jun 2015 – 11 Jul 2015

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tues-fri 10-6, sat 10-5

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gallery/ten presents 'between two rivers', a solo exhibition of new work by artist ruth mclees


between two rivers is a series of work inspired by the area of cardiff in which mclees lives + works - the area between the rivers taff + ely, reaching down to cardiff bay. mclees’ fascination with the old docks area of the city - its vistas, landmarks + people - propels her exploration of the area. the works created act as records of her journeys + encounters - not only in the imagery depicted but also in the materials used in creating each piece. salt extracted from the water of the bay + pigment created from the surrounding plants are used as paint + as textures layered within transparent glazes + resins

transforming her studio into a laboratory, mclees explores the artistic potential of industrial + scientific materials, creating richly toned + multi-layered paintings on glass. the results emerging from this experimentation are presented here in a body of work which further demonstrates her standing as a truly experimental artist, championing the crossover of art + science


ruth mclees graduated with a ba [hons] in fine art from university of wales institute cardiff in 2004 + has since widely exhibited her vibrant works throughout the uk

selected solo exhibitions

chroma utopia, gallery/ten, cardiff, wales [2013], personal effects, llantarnam grange arts centre, cwmbran [2012], room tour, oriel canfas, cardiff, wales [2011], waterloo tea house, cardiff, wales [2009], mwnci, cardiff, wales [2009], moving scenes, st david’s hall, cardiff, wales [2009], faces + scenes, the severnshed, bristol, england [2008], on show, bbc wales broadcasting house, cardiff, wales [2006], mwnci, cardiff, wales [2006], miss demeanours, oriel capsule gallery, cardiff, wales [2005], ruth mclees, oriel capsule gallery, cardiff, wales [2004]


all work will be for sale + collectorplan is available. for further information on the artist, see

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