Derbyshire Artist Ruth Gray

Derbyshire Artist Ruth Gray

Ruth Gray was born in Nottingham in 1972. After graduating in Textiles at The Nottingham Trent University 1992, she began her artistic career as a fashion designer. At the same time she began studying art at night school. This is where she saw painting and fine art as a vehicle as a means to express her creativity.

It wasn’t until immigrating to Australia in 2003 that she could turn it into a full time career, working with art societies and galleries and exploring all forms of painting styles. Deciding to further her education again at Nottingham Trent University Ruth returned to the UK and gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in International Fashion Business in 2010. Ruth has taken part in over 100 exhibitions and has had many solo shows including The Route of the Ripley Rattlers at DH Lawrence Museum and ‘Anything but Grey’ at The Lally Gallery Erewash Museum.

Enjoying using a variety of media over the years it is only in the last two years however, Ruth has sought to redefine her style. Figurative work has enabled her to express her ideas about locality and community life. Landscapes, Cityscapes and Seascapes are also common themes that help express her love for the world around her.

Her artistic influences are clearly seen in her work. Turner has been a long-term inspiration, so to that of the Australian Impressionists such as Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton and Charles Conder. Her deepest passion however is her love for the forgotten towns. You will notice that many of her compositions are based around street or declining high street scenes and this provides the backdrop to many of her themes.