About

portrait of Ruth Swain

About Ruth Swain

Ruth Swain was born in Shropshire and grew up in Oxfordshire. She started painting portraits from a very early age.

Ruth completed a foundation course in art and design at Oxford Brookes and then went on to study Graphic Design and Illustration at Bristol Art college. Whilst at Oxford Ruth was lucky enough to get taught by artist Humphrey Ocean, who was one of her tutors.

Ruth worked as an art director for several leading London agencies before leaving to begin her career as a professional artist and illustrator.

She lived and worked in Hong Kong and New York for 11 years where she painted children portraits and book cover illustrations.

Ruth returned to the UK in 2006 and is now based in Oxfordshire where she works from her studio in Sutton Courtenay.


Recent Exhibitions:

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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