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Ruth Cleland
updated: 11/20/2012
website: www.ruthcleland.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Island #5
Island #6
Car Park with Light Pole
Cul-de-sac and Footpath
Grid #5
Two Grids
Escalator with Grids
Mall
Parking Building
Car Park with Grid
Grid #2
Grid #3
Travelator
Sunny St Lukes
Sunny Days in Hamilton and Mosgiel
 
Portfolio Keywords:  mimetic, architecture, obsessive, repetition, process, documentary
 
 
Island #5 by Ruth Cleland
Island #5
Graphite on paper
2012
8" x  10.6" 
Island #6 by Ruth Cleland
Island #6
Graphite on paper
2012
8" x  10.6" 
Car Park with Light Pole by Ruth Cleland
Car Park with Light Pole
Graphite on paper
2010
2.56" x  3.41" 
Cul-de-sac and Footpath  by Ruth Cleland
Cul-de-sac and Footpath
Graphite on paper
2010
2.56" x  6.81" 
Grid #5 by Ruth Cleland
Grid #5
Acrylic and graphite on paper
2010
2.56" x  3.41" 
Two Grids by Ruth Cleland
Two Grids
Acrylic and graphite on paper
2010
2.56" x  6.81" 
Escalator with Grids by Ruth Cleland
Escalator with Grids
Acrylic and graphite on paper
2010
16.14" x  10.87" 
Mall by Ruth Cleland
Mall
Graphite on paper
2009
16" x  10" 
Parking Building by Ruth Cleland
Parking Building
Graphite on paper
2009
16" x  12.2" 
Car Park with Grid by Ruth Cleland
Car Park with Grid
Graphite on paper
2010
16" x  12" 
Grid #2 by Ruth Cleland
Grid #2
Acrylic and graphite on paper
2009
16.14" x  10.87" 
Grid #3 by Ruth Cleland
Grid #3
Acrylic and graphite on paper
2009
9" x  13.3" 
Travelator by Ruth Cleland
Travelator
Graphite on paper
2009
8" x  11.9" 
Sunny St Lukes by Ruth Cleland
Sunny St Lukes
Graphite on paper
2007
8.3" x  11.7" 
Sunny Days in Hamilton and Mosgiel by Ruth Cleland
Sunny Days in Hamilton and Mosgiel
Graphite on paper
2005
8.3" x  23.3" 

Artist Statement

 

Cleland’s personal interpretation of Suburbia is never explicitly clear but perhaps her process is the most telling. Never quite separating the impulses of love from anxiety, Cleland both obsesses over and nurtures her subjects. Echoing the homogeneity embraced by suburbia she minimizes the appearance of hand made marks through a painstaking process, which has her work appear as though it may have been made by a machine. In fact single painting takes many months to complete and in this she captures the essence of Suburbia. Like her chosen technique, Cleland’s Suburbia is manicured, perfected and relentless.

At a glance, there is nothing overtly spectacular about Cleland’s suburbia – poignantly, that is the point.

(Anna Jackson, 2008)

Artist Bio / CV

Ruth Cleland

2012 Currently lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand

2009 Three-month Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Centre, USA

2004/05 Lecturer in Printmaking, Otago School of Art

2002 Master of Fine Arts (with distinction), Otago School of Art

1998 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Otago School of Art

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012 Island, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland

2010 Mall, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

Mall, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

2009 Mall, Red Mill Gallery, Johnson, VT

2006 Sunny Days, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin

2002 Saunter, Hocken Library, University of Otago, Dunedin

 Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 Metroland, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland

2009-10 NZ Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Art Museum

2008-09 National Drawing Awards, Artspace

2008 Wallace Art Awards, Auckland and Wellington

2007 Auckland Art Fair, Roger Williams Contemporary, Auckland

Summer Exhibition, Roger Williams Contemporary, Auckland

2006 National Drawing Award, Artspace and The Physics Room

Waikato National Painting and Printmaking Award, Hamilton

2005 Wallace Art Awards, Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington

Waikato National Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Art Museum

2004 National Drawing Award, Artspace and Physics Room

Room, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin

2003 Tease, 82 Bond Street, Dunedin

Waikato National Art Award, Hamilton

2002 The Press Gang, Sarjeant Gallery

Selected Publications/Reviews

2012 Drawing: Space, Form, and Expression, Wayne Enstice and Melody Peters, Pearson, USA

2011 It's All About the Image, Dick Fizzell, Random House, NZ

2009 Seen This Century, Warwick Brown, Random House, NZ

2008 Art News New Zealand, Summer 2008, pp.68-71

2003 Art News New Zealand, Spring 2003, pp.56-57

2003 Art New Zealand, no. 108 / Spring 2003, p.56

2002 Asian Art News, Volume 12, no. 5, September/October 2002, p.113

Art New Zealand, no. 104 / Spring 2002, pp.50-51

 Selected Awards

2010 Gold medal winner, Team McMillan BMW Art Award

2008 Merit Award, National Drawing Award

Park Lane Wallace Trust Development Award

2004 Merit Award, National Drawing Award

2003 First Prize, Waikato National Art Award

2001 First Prize, Cranleigh Barton National Drawing Award