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Ruth is a graduate of both The National Art School, Sydney BFA 2000 and the College Of Fine Arts Masters (Research) 2003. She lives and works in Central West NSW.

She has been a finalist in The Portia Geach Memorial Award (2009), The Country Energy Prize (2009) and also the Dobell Drawing Prize (2009), as well as the Salon des Refuse (2000, 2001, 2002). The work from the Dobell Drawing Prize was acquired by the ING Collection for its head office in Warsaw, Poland.

She works in mixed media and oil painting, however drawing is fundamental to her work; She has also recently brought photography into play as a developmental aspect of the images for her 2016 exhibition The Space Between, at Bathurst Regional Gallery NSW.

She works comfortably between Portraiture (commissions) Abstract Expressionism and Drawing.

In her time living in the Central West ,her work has been concerned with the transient and unpredictable forces of nature and the marks of man on the environment.However as a result of her Hill End Artist in Residence 2014 her worked transitioned to a more figurative approach.

The mysterious forces and layers of time on this unique place, pervaded her sensibility bringing ghostly images to the fore. These ghosts tell stories of desperation, desire, of powerlessness and lost souls.

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Catalogue.
Ruth Stone has developed a reputation as an abstract landscape painter, but her practice has actually been diverse and reflective, as evidenced by her MFA thesis at the College of Fine Arts, entitled An Act of Reflection (2003), in which she prefaces her thesis with a nod to Proust’s novel In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu). Although she has been concerned with perceptions of the landscape, the figure has always been there or thereabouts either in fragmentary forms or in her much admired portraiture. In The Space Between, however, Ruth Stone has reintegrated figurative motifs in her landscape practice, and, with great assurance, explored the difficult terrain of pictorial and imaginative space. In doing so, she encourages the viewer to suspend disbelief and judgment and to experience the uncanny for themselves. Comfortable with mystery, she has received and embedded transient or reconstituted memories within the very fabric of nature – in such a way that the figure takes on new life, intertwined subtly with the branches of trees and the shapes of clouds. Without consciously addressing Simon Schama’s thesis that culturally shaped perceptions determine landscape composition, Ruth Stone has nevertheless demonstrated in her work just how cultural memories and perceptions can interact with and shape our land.
Dr Andrew Flatua. June 2016,

Profile photo credit: Madeline Young @cornerstoregallery

Education

2003 Master of Fine Arts (Research) Painting, College of Fine Arts, UNSW
2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Painting, College of Fine arts UNSW
1999 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting major) The National Art School, Sydney
1996 Certificate of Fine Arts, National Art School, Sydney
1996 Certificate in Community Theatre Arts, East Sydney TAFE
http://www.ruthstoneartist.com/

Exhibitions

2017 Journeys End Cornerstore Gallery Orange NSW
2016 The Space Between, Hill End residency, Bathurst Regional Gallery.
2013 Orange Health Service, ‘A Clear View’, Public Installation Orange Base Hospital
Food Week Installation, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange
Tonic Restaurant, Millthorpe NSW
Borrodell Restaurant, Orange NSW
2010 Paintings and Drawings of the Languedoc, Chop Art Shop Millthorpe NSW
2007 Topography, Orange Regional Gallery, August
2005 Topography, Number 47, Rylstone NSW
Ruth Stone, Glass House Mountains Gallery, Coonabarabran NSW
2004 CBD Reflections, NSW Trade & Investment Centre, Grosvenor Place, NSW
2003 Reflections, Ironside Exhibitions Series, Chrissie Cotter Gallery,
Camperdown, NSW
Including various group exhibitions from 1999 - 2012

Press

Central Western Daily - numerous
Advocate - numerous
Blayney Chronical-numerous
Sydney Morning Herald Feb 2003

Influences

Elizabeth Cummings
Christopher Le Brun
Peter Doig
Euan Mcloud
Vincent Van Gogh
Lucien Frued

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