Approved: 26.03.2008

Ruth Piper

Artist, Curator

Approved: 26.03.2008

Central to my practice are notions of transition and transformation that link to a strong sense of place both physical and psychological: In particular how the energies of a specific relationship or location real or imagined inhabit our minds and bodies.
Primarily a painter I also work with drawing, collage and sometimes 3D: Influenced by photography, literature and films that are connected to my

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Curating
  • Categories: Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture
  • Tags: painting, collage, non-representational, figurative, watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, abstract, watercolour, sculpture
 
 
 

Biography

Central to my practice are notions of transition and transformation that link to a strong sense of place both physical and psychological: In particular how the energies of a specific relationship or location real or imagined inhabit our minds and bodies.
Primarily a painter I also work with drawing, collage and sometimes 3D: Influenced by photography, literature and films that are connected to my idea of reality. Also I am interested in the notion of forgetten knowledge and the possible residues of past lifes stored in the psyche that could be linked to manifestations in the work, triggered unexpectedly by events and the use of materials.
‘Land of Plenty’ is the title of my current work and considers the existential space between the surface and the underworld, the superficiality of life on the edge. We are not what we appear. Behind the public face there is always tension and the possibility of undefined crisis.
March 2016

CV & Education

Ruth Piper-Visual Artist/curator & administrator
Studio G6, BV Studios, 37 Philip St. Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4EA, T: 07711541852
Home address: 6 Milton Road, BRISTOL, BS7 8SJ
E: ruth.piper@btinternet.com Web: www.ruthpiper.com

I have been a practicing artist since 1990 and exhibited widely across the UK and internationally including the USA. Alongside my painting practice I have taught in further education, organised exhibitions and events, worked in community radio, collaborated with engineers, designers and other artists, fulfilled commissions and been selected for open submission shows. Most recently, I ran a contemporary gallery project in the centre of Bristol, curating and promoting eleven exhibitions and working with 30 artists.
Qualifications
MA Painting. Wimbledon School of Art. Funded by the A.H.R.B
BA Fashion & Textiles. Kingston University
Diploma. Integrated PR. London School of Public Relations
Professional
2014 - 2015 (current) Part-time Co-ordinator at Centrespace Gallery & Studios, Bristol
Raised Arts Council funding for a residency & exhibition in the gallery during Aug-Sept 2015.

2012-2013. Owner & curator of The Searchers contemporary gallery project, Bristol
2006-current. Creative Director and company secretary, J&R Piper Limited. Consultant engineering & Design.
2010 June-December 2011. Directed the launch of Motorcade/FlashParade, the 1,000sq ft Art Space at BV Studios, Bedminster, Bristol.
2010 July-November. Co-ordinated the inaugural Open Studio event, at the newly converted BV Studios, Philip Street, Bedminster, Bristol, featuring the work of 80 artists.1999-2005.
Educational
2008. My work referenced in the AQA GCSE, Art & Design Schools Examination paper.
2005. Visiting tutor, Kingston University. Foundation course study trip to Lisbon
2004. Visiting tutor, ‘Beyond Painting’ Kingston University Summer School
1987-1991. Adult Community Education tutor, Abingdon college of Further Education
Private tutorials & inspirational drawing classes.
Media
2002. Community radio. Riverside Studios. Hammersmith, London. Producer & presenter of ‘Art Talk’, a live visual arts radio show for ‘Riverside FM’.
Residencies
2010 October. The B-side Festival, Portland, Dorset.
2000-2001. Artist in residence at ‘COTTO’ restaurant, Olympia, London
Commissions
2009. A decorative panel for the entrance of the refurbished School House in Barton Hill, providing studio space for artists & designers. Commissioned by Bristol East Side Traders
1995-2001. ‘The Art Supermarket’, Harvey Nichols, London. Mathews Comfort, Oxford,. Elan Pharmaceutical, Dublin,.Project Art, London
Projects
2007. Experimental print project. Working with Dr.Carinna Parraman, senior research fellow at the University of the West of England. Testing new digital print software involving personalised colour profiling for fine artists.
1992-1995. Design Consultancy. Working with engineer and designer John Piper, producing architectural ceramics, furniture and sculpture.
2012. The Searchers contemporary gallery project
Exhibitions
Solo
2015. Pheonix Cafe Gallery, Exeter
2005. Spinach Design Consultancy, London. Installation of paintings. Artist’s talk
2004. ‘Signs of Life & Love’, Stables Gallery, Gladstone Park, London
2000. ‘A Kind of Architecture’ The Studio Gallery, Chiswick, London
1996. ‘Defrag’, Soan Gallery, Fulham, London
1993. Freuds Café, Walton Street, Oxford
1990. ‘Out of the Shadows’, Stables Gallery, Green College, Oxford.
Group
2014. 'Shooting from the Hip' The Searchers Group of artists, Centrespace, Bristol 
2013. Creekside Open, APT Gallery, Depford, London ‘tumbleweed’ The Searchers contemporary, Bristol
2012. Millfield Open, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School, Street, Somerset.
Exeter contemporary Open, Phoenix Gallery, Exeter.
Installtion of 5 paintings, DAC Beachcroft Artspace, Bristol.
2011. ‘Mini abstractions’ Other landscapes, Royal United Hospital, Bath
2010.‘New constructivists’ annual painting show. Institute of Physics, Portland Place, London ‘On the Cusp’ 3 women artists, FORM + CONTENT Gallery, 210 N 2nd Street, Minneapolis. USA
2009.‘7 Select’, Centre Space Gallery, Bristol.
2008.‘Internal Cosmology’. Centre Space Gallery, Bristol. Paintings, prints & installation with sculptor Rick Standing.
‘Colour & Landscape’ Bower Ashton Gallery, University of the West of England, Bristol. Curator, Carinna Parraman ‘First Wave’ Bute Space, Cardiff Bay, Wales.
2007. ‘New Constructivists’ Regents College, London.
2006 ‘New Constructivists’ The Keyworth Centre, South London University.
‘Fusion Arts’, painting show. The Baxter Gallery, Kingston Grammar School, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey
2005. View Gallery Thames Ditton, Surrey.
Summer show, View Gallery, Thames Ditton, Surrey.
‘Cross Section’ New constructivists, The Royal College of Pathologists, Carlton House Terrace, London
2004. ‘Inner Circle’ New Constructivists, The Knapp Gallery,
Regents College, London, OXO Tower Gallery, London. Wimbledon Art Studios, selected & sponsored by Aston Martin
2002-2003. ‘Diverse’ MA show The Hanbury Gallery, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
MA graduate show Wimbledon School of Art MA show ING Bank, City of London
‘City Limits’ Three Painters, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London