Based in Buckinghamshire, Ruth Eales is best known for her raw and symbolic self-portraiture, visually expressing her struggles with depression.
Her oil paintings “Parched” and “How Long is a Piece of String?” are meticulously painted in muted colours, breaking the 4th wall with elements that protrude from the canvas. In this work, the acutely sensitive artist aims to depict that which is not tangible. She says: “I get a sense of relief by giving these feelings a form, it’s my way taking control and owning them. I hope that those who relate can get something from this work, and maybe it can help others to understand”.
Ruth’s eclectic body of work uses different styles and mediums depending on the subject matter. Outside of her project “Intangible Entities”, she often uses highly saturated colours, compassionately capturing the personalities of animals as well as people. “I empathise with the subject whilst painting portraits, it shows in the finished product.”
Ruth recently won the SAA’s (Society for All Artists) coveted “Young Artist of the Year” award 2017, as well as “Best Young Animal or Wildlife”. Her winning pieces “Sniffer John” and “Rise” will be showcased over a series of events, including the highly prestigious ICHF event at Birmingham NEC.