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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Resin Work for Mission Gallery

Mission Gallery and Jamie Hill have partnered to provide an opportunity for the professional development of individuals looking for curatorial experience. My resin work has been selected for exhibition in July to be presented at Jamie Hill Salon, Swansea Marina.
Flexible Resin, Varnish and Pigment on Vintage Fabric
Please take a look at the exhibition catalogue featuring my work plus the work of the other exhibiting artists: Catherine Brown, Ceri Evans and Deirdre Finnerty.

Graphite and Resin on Silicone Paper

Graphite and Resin on Silicone Paper

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 Birthday Commission

Two hundred portraits unveiled in's 10th Anniversary Commission!

The new artwork to celebrate's 10th birthday by artist Ruth McLees was unveiled in the National Museum Wales at a lavish birthday party.

Commissioned by Cardiff- based price comparison experts, the 4ft x 6ft painting portrays all of the company's 168 current staff and imagery from ads from the past 10 years. Arranged in a grid, the faces are painted in McLees' trademark tonal style upon a blue textile to match's corporate colours. From a distance the canvas appears to be pixelated with varying shades of blue, but upon coming closer the individual faces with intricately painted features are revealed.

Ruth McLees said, “It was an honour to be asked to paint a commission to celebrate the success of this Cardiff-based company. It was also an enormous challenge: I am used to painting portrait commissions, but never before have I painted so many faces in just one artwork. I can’t wait to see the expressions of the staff when it’s unveiled and they spot their own immortalized face!”

Andrew Viazzani, Head of HR at said, “We were thrilled to be working with an artist of Ruth's calibre, and were over the moon with her finished picture.  It perfectly encapsulates the family feeling of into a stunning piece of art. It portrays all the people that make our business such a great success."

The staff search for their portraits on the artwork

 The painting is now on permanent display in's new offices in Cardiff City Centre.

Each member of staff was also given a beautiful framed print of the painting as a momento of the occasion.

Corporate artworks can be commisioned to suit any business or occasion. Please contact Ruth for further details.