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Ruth Philo

Ruth's paintings are concerned with colour, light & surface to reveal a sensory experience of her environment. Both her paintings and her films emerge from place and walking. She exhibits widely in the UK and beyond and has had work selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She is a member of Contemporary British Painting and also curates shows.
Ruth works as a painter and filmmaker, based at Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester. Her paintings are concerned with colour, light and surface, and the way painting can convey physical and emotional connections through abstraction. Paint as material and process play their part and Ruth often makes her own paint, using pigment collected on her travels. Filmmaking and participatory work are part of Ruth's practice; she is currently working on The River Runs Through Us a film | walks | swim project with sound artist Stuart Bowditch, funded by Arts Council England. Ruth is also artistic director of the new River Stour Festival running through 2018 in the Stour Valley, Essex, Suffolk & Cambridgeshire. Follow on instagram @ruthphilo & projects @theriverrunsthroughus @wearetheweather @fabricsilkroad
These words will stain forever, acrylic,wax & graphite on linen
Soft touch, acrylic, wax & graphite on linen
Heads Up, oil, acrylic, wax & graphite on linen
These walls will disappear, oil, acrylic, wax & graphite on linen
From here to Herculaneum, distemper on linen
On my way, oil, gesso & wax on linen
Long days gone, oil, gesso, wax & graphite on linen
Breath V, oil, gesso & wax on canvas
Last of countless thoughts, oil, gesso & wax on canvas
All that is countless moments, oil, gesso & wax on canvas