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This month in The Atrium, we present:
Rupert Whale who lives and works in east London. Born and brought up near Blackpool, Rupert attended art colleges in southwest England and London. He taught art for many years before becoming a full-time artist. His work is in private collections both in the UK and abroad.
The paintings in the Atrium, all of which are oil and acrylic on canvas, show his interest in exploring areas of order and disorder, in places that often go unnoticed. He depicts scenes in moments of flux when the planned and the accidental spill into each other. His paintings of objects and places both familiar and strange reflect these tensions.
Ruth franklin, who lives in London and studied – and taught – at Camberwell College of Art.
Ruth has exhibited nationally and internationally for many years. Her work is on display in several museums, including the Victoria & Albert Museum and Crafts Council in London, the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Paisley Museum and Ulster Museum.
Ruth's work is influenced by household artefacts, which uncover childhood memories and family history. The paper sculptures on display in the Atrium were inspired by her grandfather's work as a tailor and her father's profession of hairdresser and wig maker.
Ruth says: "Constructing my sculptures out of paper reflects my love of working in collage. However, paper was intrinsic in highlighting the contradictions that although it is often perceived as fragile and impermanent, paper can preserve family memories, and it gave my grand-parents a lifeline."
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