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Dahlias with Topiary

Ruth Stage NEAC

Fast Flowing Stream

Ruth Stage NEAC


Ruth Stage NEAC

Catkins with Teasels

Ruth Stage NEAC


Artist Statement

Ruth Stage shows us the minutiae of the grand vista, a landscape of illumination, pattern, reflection and great distance. Working in egg tempera she creates a fluidity that reveals dramatic skies, mountain ranges, turbulent shallows. Superimposed onto this is the 'story of the day' be it figures on the beach, the first moment of spring, the remnants of a crop on a frosty morning. A limited pallette gives an impression of the subtlety of nature, a cluster of almost indistinguishable greys punctuated with the cadmium of a leaf, transparent in the evening glare. From this complex formula the artist creates coherence,revealing harmony and balance without interruption.

Method of Working

Ruth works in the ancient medium of egg tempera On hand prepared gesso board. The tempera is an emulsion of egg yolk and distilled water and is mixed with mulled raw pigment. The gesso is made from glue size and chalk whiting all heated up on a stove (never boiled ) to the consistency of Yorkshire pudding mixture. Several layers are left to dry before being sanded and sealed with a final layer of glue size. Ruth draws on a wide variety of brushes as she paints, often choosing wide and flat brushes for early applications, then working towards pointed more Japanese style for final for final flurries. Her compositions are sourced in parks and coastal areas and captured with a sketch book and a camera.

Biographical Details

1992-95 Studied at Royal Academy Schools, Postgraduate Diploma in Painting 
1999 Elected member of the New English Art Club 
1995– Lives and works in South London

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes

1995 Young Artist of the Year (runner-up) Hunting Art Prizes 
1996 M&G Young Artist of the Year, RA Summer Exhibition 
2000/01 Villiers David Award (twice runner-up)
2003 Villiers David award
2006 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize (runner-up)
2011 The Critic's Choice, New English Open Exhibition 
2013 Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize 
2014 David Messum Art Prize, New English Open Exhibition


The New English (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988