portrait of Ruth Swain

About Ruth Swain

Ruth Swain is a portrait artist based in Oxfordshire.

She started painting portraits from an early age and won several competitions which encouraged her to continue painting.

Whilst at art college one of her tutors  was Humphrey Ocean (RA) who helped inspire her love for portraiture. Ruth graduated with a degree in graphic design from Bristol Polytechnic.

She then went on to work in Advertising as an Art director for several leading agencies before beginning her career as a professional artist and illustrator.

Ruth lived and worked in Hong Kong and New York, painting children’s portraits and illustrating book covers, including several for Mills and Boon.

Ruth works in oil, watercolour and pastel and paints mostly from life. She prefers to paint large scale images that not only tell a story or have an idea, but also capture a likeness and give you insight into the character of her sitter.

Ruth is an award winning artist and is currently undergoing study at The Art Academy which she hopes will open new avenues and give her valuable experience from some of the country’s leading portrait artists.


Recent Exhibitions:

2019 Royal Institute of Painters in watercolours

2018 OAS Open exhibition

2018 Abingdon artists exhibition

2017 Artweeks exhibition at The Annex , Sutton Courtenay

2017 RBSA gallery Portrait Prize

2017  Artist of the Year 2017 with Artists and Illustrators magazine at The Mall Galleries

2017 Readers award, Artists and illustrators Magazine 2017

2016 UK Coloured Pencil Society Exhibition Menier Gallery London

2016 Artweeks exhibition at The Annex, Sutton Courtenay

2015 Whitechapel Gallery Manchester

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