Ruth Piper


I completed my foundation course in art at Liscard School of Art, which was situated in Central Park, Liscard, in 1975.  Although I did not continue with my studies, preferring to work instead, I did however continue to sketch, mainly when on holiday.  I decided to apply for a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art at Liverpool School of Art at John Moores University in 2003, thereby completing my degree in 2006.

I immediately joined the artist group Arena, which is located in the Elevator Building on Parliament Street, Liverpool, where I have my studio.  Although we are all independent artists the eclectic mix is invaluable when asking for feedback on a project.

April 2007 I had a joint exhibition with the Liverpool Academy of Art in Seel Street.  My work was abstract minimalism based on natural forms and geometrical shapes in vibrant colours.

May 2008 I was selected to exhibit at the Kunsthaus Rhenania in Cologne.  Again my work was derived from organic concepts in vivid colours but was evolving towards more graphic elements.

In both the Liverpool Biennials of 2006 & 2008 I exhibited as part of the Arena group.

March 2010 I had a solo exhibition at Dee Fine Arts in Heswall, Wirral which was most successful as I sold two paintings on the Preview Night.

Over the last year my work has developed towards the more narrative rather than the abstract viewpoint.  The organic forms with botanical and tropical themes can be attributed to the global warming debate subsequently being discussed in the media, which reflect my interpretation of our green and pleasant land becoming dry and arid with plants mirroring this dilemma.

I enjoy painting in oil because of the richness of colour and its malleability thereby giving texture and depth to the canvas.

My paintings originate from sketches and drawings taken whilst on holiday, in my garden in Irby or out and about.