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Ruth BEARDSWORTH

Pavement II Pitt Street

Artist's Statement

My training as a printmaker using traditional and experimental methods has greatly influenced my concern with making images.

I have always been interested in shape and textures, in simplicity and the tension between realism and abstraction.

Most of my works are transformations of my interest in landscape/nature/objects and their reduction into marks, symbols and compositions - the distillation of matter into basic imagery.

Education

1976-1979B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Preston Polytechnic.
1979-1980M.A. Printmaking, Manchester Polytechnic.

Academic Experience

1980Part-Time Lecturer, Manchester Polytechnic.
1981Appointed Full-time Lecturer in Printmaking, Grays School of Art.
1996Visiting Lecturer, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, M.F.A. Course, Dundee.

Awards

1992 Shell Expro Award.
Scottish Arts Council Project Assistance Award to study Lithography at the Tamarind Institute in New Mexico.
1996Glasgow Print Studio Publication Award.

Commissions

With an Eye to the East', Print Folio, Seagate Gallery, Dundee, Scottish Arts Council.
1991SSA Centenary Print Folio, Print.
1994Design for Etched and Printed Panels, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Intensive Therapy Unit.
2000P&O North Sea Ferries, Print.

Collections

Newhall Art Collection, Cambridge University
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Scottish Arts Council
Grampian Television
BBC Scotland, Glasgow
Leeds Education Authority
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Dunfermline NHS Trust
Edinburgh Hospital Trust
Shell Oil, Aberdeen

Bibliography

Catalogue ' In Search of Paradise', with essays by Clare Henry and Arthur Watson.
Brochure, 'Liminal Moments', Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen.

Solo Exhibitions

1981Sutton College of Liberal Arts
1984Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen, Prints & Paper Pulps.
1996Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen, 'In Search of Paradise', Prints, Box Constructions and Paper Pulp Works.
1997 'In Search of Paradise', Seagate Gallery, Dundee.
2000 'Transitions' Foyer Gallery, Aberdeen.
2002 'Liminal Moments', Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen.

Selected Group Exhibitions

1984 'Papertrails', Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool.
1985 'Peacock 10', Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, U.S.A.
1985 - 86 'Smiths Biennale', Stirling, Glasgow.
'One Cubic Foot', Sculpture Exhibition, Artspace Gallery, Aberdeen.
Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh.
1986 'New Art from Scotland', Warwick Arts Trust, London.
'International Paper Art', Duren, Germany.
'Romance, Realism, Risk', Artspace, Aberdeen.
'Prints from Peacock Printmakers', Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh.
1987 'Paperworks', Ruthin Crafts Centre, Wales.
1988 - 90 'Inverclyde Biennale', Glasgow and touring Scotland.
1988 'Avant Garden', Glasgow Print Studio.
1989 'Artists Choice', Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
1993 'Paperworks', Seagate Gallery, Dundee.
1995 'Art 95', London Contemporary Art Fair.
1996 - 97 'Scottish Print Open 5', Glasgow Print Studio, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen Print Workshops.
1996 'Networking', Edinburgh Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art.
'Peacock 21', Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen.
'Day of the Dead', Glasgow Print Studio.
'Dias de los Muertos', Self help Studio, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
1997 'Double Exposure', SSA, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
'JAR', Seagate Gallery, Dundee.
'Miniatures', Peacock Gallery, Aberdeen.
1998'50 Years of Scottish Art', SAC Exhibition.
'Highland and Islands Open' Touring Scotland.
2000 - 02 'Monumental Miniatures', Touring Exhibition, Scotland.
'Hinterland', Print Folio, Touring Internationally.
2006 '20', Joan Hughson Gallery, Glasgow.

Selected Works (11)

Dark Forest Field with Yellow Sky Los Conos Morocco Landscape with Postcard Morocco Townscape Pavement I Pitt Street
Pavement II Pitt Street Pavement III Pitt Street Red Sky with Ferns Salmon Bothy Black Isle Suite IV