Outer Hebrides and Northumberland captured in oils – a journey of colour
Tuesday 21st April, Nibbles 6 pm – talk 6.30 to 7.30 pm,
Seminar Room, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Born under African skies, Ruth Bond has worked in many countries across the globe, absorbing cultures, colours, textures and especially the beauty of the natural world. Ruth studied Fashion at Newcastle University and then went on to become a multi-award winning Interior Designer. Now, the light and subtle colours of the Northumberland countryside infuse her painting of some of the most dramatic skies and strikingly beautiful beaches in the world.
Ruth’s recent work reflects her visit to the Outer Hebrides. She realised that the colours of the landscape reminded her of the colour combination of renowned Harris Tweeds. As a result, the landscapes resemble not just the purple, peaty rivers, vibrant turquoise of the seas, blindingly white beaches and heathery moors, but also the natural ingredients that went into dying the yarns.
“Colour has always been the most important element of my landscapes and seascapes. The colours I discovered in the Outer Hebrides were astonishing. Attempting to capture these in my paintings has been a beautiful experience.”
Trips to the Farne Islands during the spring nesting season, where the quirky and flamboyant Puffins caught her eye, inspired a painting that was shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 at the Mall Galleries, London.
Ruth’s talk will take us through her personal journey from a career in fashion and interior design to the joys of painting with oil, inspired by the seascapes of the Western Isles and Northumberland.
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