Ruth Swain is an award-winning portrait, figurative and still-life artist based in Oxfordshire. She works in oil, watercolour and pastel.
Her large-scale images not only tell a story, but they show the emotional bond between subject and sitter.
Swain graduated from The Art Academy London in December 2020. She previously worked in London, Hong Kong and New York as an advertising art director and illustrator. She brings this influence into her paintings by using visual ideas, and humour to enhance her work.
Ruth is a member of the Oxford Art Society.
Her achiements include winning The Readers Award in Artists and Illustrators magazine (Artist of the year 2017) and exhibited in the RBSA open exhibition 2017, OAS open in 2018, 2019 ,2020 and 2021 and The RIPW exhibition 2019 and 2021. Her painting ‘Essentials was on show in the Ashmoleum Museum, Oxford in 2021. 'Pressing Matters' was shown in The Ronagallery Oxford after being chosen by Kathleen Soriano in an Exhibition 'For women, about women' 2021. Ruth was also Longlisted for the Jacksons Art Prize and a runner up in the Holly Bush Womens Painters Prize. She was also short-listed for The Signature arts prize in 2021 and also in 2022.
Ruth was also a winner of Liberty Arts Prize 2020 and now has a painting commission in Liberty's permanent collection.
Ruth was selected as one of 16 artists for The Hari prize. Her work was on show in the Hari Hotel London.
In 2023 Ruth's work was selected for 'The Ruth Borchard Self portrait exhibition' and she recently had a shared exhibition at Rona Gallery in Oxford. She has also exhibited with the Oxford Art society.
Her painting "Dumped' was selected by Art Gemini and shown in the Zari gallery in Fitzrovia.
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