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Monday, 30 January 2012

Solo Exhibition at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre

Figurative Paintings with Industrial Resins

For the past year or so I have been working towards this exhibition, which has been supported by the
Arts Council of Wales.  The use of resin ties in with my inclusion of coloured glazes, varnishes and semi transparent layers within my previous work, and is something I have been toying with off and on for the past few years.

The idea behind the project was to explore the potential of industrial resins as surface painting materials, allowing the resin to retain marks, imperfections and signs of the artist’s hand. I wanted to try to discover a new, gestural language of resins used in place of paint, and move away from the perfectly cast forms that we more usually assume resins will be.

This resulted in a year of experimentation, with this final exhibition showcasing the results. These include paintings made using specialist substances normally found on oil rigs and in car manufacturing plants, as well as the more usual latex and polyester resins. All work stems from the figurative as the figure is where my fascination lies, but moves away from the purely representational portrait to concentrate more on shape, form, feel, texture and gesture, refering to the language of sculpture and surface quality, volume, shape and size.

The Sea Made Flesh
Resin, Varnish and Pigment on Vintage Textile

A very exciting aspect of the project was the chance for me to collaborate across industry and work with a wonderful polymer chemist who has helped to guide, advise and inspire me throughout.

The results have turned out to be truly wonderful.

The exhibition will be officially opened by BBC Radio 2's Lynn Bowles on Saturday 11th February at 12pm. Please do come along for a glass of wine and a chance to chat to me about the project: see the invitation below or click

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, St David's Road, Cwmbran NP44 1PD. Map.

Resin, Varnish and Pigment on Vintage Textile
Resin and Acrylic on Vintage Textile

I'm so excited that this project has finally reached the point of exhibition. It's probably one of the hardest things I have ever done: the nature of the project was so very experimental with no fixed outcome, and yet I had promised to produce an exhibition of new work. Sometimes it was quite daunting; there were times when test after test of the various resins failed and I felt that I might never produce artwork that was worthwhile. But perseverance paid off, and finally results that made me happy began to appear. Now I truly feel I have pushed my practice into new and exciting places: I will continue to explore and expand this body of resin-based artwork, and welcome any opportunities to exhibit elsewhere.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Exhibition of New Resin Works

'Personal Effects'
Figurative Paintings with Industrial Resins by Ruth McLees
Private View 11/02/12 12-2pm

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran

With thanks to Llantarnam Grange and the Arts Council of Wales for all their support.