Cobbold & Judd

Modern & Contemporary Art

Ruth Philo


Ruth’s paintings are concerned with abstract qualities of surface, mark and colour and their power to evoke feeling and memory. Rather than depictions of the world the paintings convey a sensory experience through abstraction, sometimes emerging from notions of place, walking, time and the everyday. The paintings are also about paint and process, becoming a record and revealing condensed histories in their surfaces.

Abstract expressionism and minimalism are at the source of Ruth’s practice but her painting is located in contemporary abstraction, where gesture has become touch and the scale is often intimate, working face to face with the viewer.

Ruth lives in the countryside on the Suffolk Essex border near Sudbury and works from a studio at Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester. Ruth is a member of Contemporary British Painting and also curates shows. Her work has work has been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and is in collections in the UK and USA. Ruth has a BA in History of Art (Warwick University) and an MA in Fine Art (Norwich University of the Arts).