Ruth de Monchaux

Artist

Etchings

Colour Etchings

Screenprints

Drawings

Botanical Illustrations

Biographical Notes:

My early experience of growing up on a farm in North Yorkshire located five miles from the sea and seven miles from the moors forms the core of my work as an artist.

I first trained as a sculptor at Middlesbrough College of Art and then at the Slade and remain as much interested in the three dimensional qualities of my subjects as their colour. I later completed specialist courses in printmaking and surface design at The London College of Communication and botanical illustration at the Chelsea Physic Garden.

My work ranges from close studies of plant forms to the exploration of the most distant landscapes. My London garden is a constant source of inspiration as are regular visits to the North Yorkshire countryside.

Drawing, etching and screen-printing are now my main working methods.

Multi-copperplate etching with aquatint is my preferred way to get really good depths of tone and a wide variety of densely layered colours when making images of landscapes and plants.

The screen-printing process lends itself more to an exploration of the patterns of nature and its use takes the imagery a step further towards abstraction.

I was Head of Art at Blackheath High School for many years and have also worked as a visiting Lecturer in Printmaking at the London College of Communication and in Botanical Drawing at the Chelsea Physic Garden.
I served as Chair of the Greenwich Printmakers and Southbank Printmakers
Collectives and was a founder member of Hampton Court Florilegium. I am also a member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art.

I co-ordinate the Brockley Open Studios, which take place annually.

 

 

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