Thomas, Ruth

Ruth is an Australian artist who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2014 with a BA Combined Studies (Art and Design). She won the RSW Student Prize in January 2015, the John Gray Award at the RSW Annual Exhibition in December 2015 and the Turcan Connell at the RSW Annual Exhibition in January 2017. She has lived just outside Edinburgh for over twenty years. She also has a home on the South Coast of NSW and the inspiration for her artwork is drawn from both these contrasting natural environments. Her work explores the human impact on the fragile balance of our natural environment. Central to her art practice is the experience of walking, observing and building a bank of pictorial references, from which she develops large-scale exploratory drawings, which deconstruct and regenerate organic forms in a visual simulation of nature in flux.