Ruth Bunnewell uses the entire spectrum of colours in her attention grabbing, somewhat futuristic paintings of the Norfolk landscape, and her searing colours are even “brighter and bolder” in this new selection of work of winding roads and particularly trees. Indeed trees, either solitary or in groupings, and the different atmospheres they can convey are a preoccupation which suggests the significance of the forest in fairy tales and Little Red Riding Hood.
Ruth often paints on a dramatic scale, enjoying the expansiveness and story telling possibilities of triptychs or diptychs, though each painting must stand alone. Her work has a filmic quality, sometimes the Scandinavian darkness and atmosphere of a Chekhov play or, as in ‘Mousehold Seen from Barrack Street’ the feel of Japanese animations. In her painting ‘Twilight Trees’, the trees assume the aspect of striding figures, sculptural like Giacomettis. Movement is key, as is a sense of travel, a road trip, the suggestion of depth and middle distance over her territory. Ruth Bunnewell is exceptionally good at introducing pervading tones of emotional light and shade in her paintings. There is always more to Ruth's penetrating, narrative paintings than meets the eye.
I focus equally on two aspects in my work, the first being the aesthetic quality, whilst the second is an attempt to capture an atmosphere connected to a place. I am interested in the notion that certain places have memories attached to them, and in the way that these memories alter emotions connected to, and perceptions of, a place. Although this is the basis for a lot of my work, I want the aesthetics of each piece to be of equal importance, allowing the work to stand up based on this quality alone. I believe strongly in trying to create work that supports itself by merit and does not rely on the idea or concept that it is based upon.EDUCATION
BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 1998 – 1999
BA Honors Degree in Fine Art 2000 – 2004
Both at Norwich School of Art and Design (now renamed Norwich University College of the Arts)
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Work displayed at The Gallery Norfolk, Cromer, and Norwich, Both in Norfolk.
Part of the Artone Contemporary Exhibition at the John Russell Gallery, Ipswich.
'An Artist's View'. The Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe. 2nd April 2016 - 24th April 2016.
Spring exhibition. Stark Gallery, Canterbury. 6th February 2016 - 3rd April 2016.
Opening solo exhibition for The Gallery Norfolk. (New Norwich branch). 30th January 2016 - 20th February 2016.
Store Street Gallery. ( One Alfred Place ). Bloomsbury, London. 6th September 2015 - 3rd January 2016.
Joint exhibition. Ruth Bunnewell and Louise Holgate. Highgate Contemporary Art. 20th May - 13th June 2015.
Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, London, with Highgate Contemporary Art.
23rd - 26th October 2014
6th - 27th September 2014. Summer exhibition at The Gallery Norfolk, Cromer.
The title of the exhibition is 'Like father, like daughter?'. The exhibition is comprised of work by myself and my father, including six canvases produced at request of the gallery, of three Norfolk scenes. These pieces have been produced with the intention of allowing visitors to explore the contrasts and possible similarities between the styles of painting of both Artists.
Part of the Summer 'FARRAGO' 2014 exhibition. 28 June - 06 Sept 2014, Highgate Contemporary Art. London.
Solo exhibition, The John Russell Gallery, Ipswich 2013
Part of the summer exhibition, Anteros, 2013.
Solo exhibition, King of Hearts. (Organised by the Anteros Arts Foundation) 2011
King of Hearts Gallery, Norwich, Part of ‘Final Exhibition’ 2010
Crome Gallery, Norwich. Work displayed throughout 2005 till 2011
Solo exhibitions at the Crome Gallery 2005, 2009, 2010 (Also part of the Norfolk open studios whilst at the Crome Gallery)
Work displayed in Cork Brick Gallery, Bungay, Norfolk, 2010
Solo exhibition. King of Hearts, Cafe, Norwich, 2009
Work displayed in Bluebird Gallery, Cromer, 2006
Solo Exhibition. Tatlers Restaurant, Norwich, 2001
Solo Exhibition. Expresso Cafe, Norwich, 2001
Commissions throughout 2000 – 2015
Work is displayed periodically at The Window Cafe, Norwich