Ruty BenjaminiImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: , , South London, London, England, .
Telephone: +44 7941 936836
Email:
Web-site: www.rutybenjamini.com
Availability: By appointment only.
Joined on: 2012-06-15
Last Updated: 2014-03-25

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

I am an Israeli born ceramic artist living and working in London.

I make one-off and family groups of sculptural vessels, female figurines, and wall pieces.

I think of my ceramic work as a personal journey exploring my identity, connecting to my roots and expressing the process of growth, evolution, and the layering that makes up a whole.

Natural forms, textures, weathered and effaced surfaces and ancient and archaic ceramic and glass objects found in Israel and Mediterranean countries inspire my work.

I express my cultural identity through my artwork in a process that is nostalgic, often subconscious, yet always comforting and reaffirming.

My vessels are constructed of thrown and manipulated elements.  They are forms that are organic, asymmetrical, and evocative of animal and human shapes and movements. Many of my pieces have similar elements to trees, clouds, rocks and landscapes. 

My works emulate the visual qualities of objects revealed in archaeological digs, or washed to shore by the sea.

I create surfaces that offer clues to the history of the ceramic processes used to make the pieces; the visual and tangible textures and layers create a whole.

Current Work and Availability

Current Work and Availability

Sculptural vessels, plates, wall art and small female nude figurines.

Work Available from:
Skylark 2 Gallery, Unit 1.09 OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St., London SE1 9PH
Tel: 020 7401 9666, www.skylarkgalleries.com

Yearly Open Studio Events
Telegraph Hill Festival - March
Brockley Open Studios - July
Sydenham Festival- Visual Arts Trail - July

Other information
I am available for lectures, demonstrations and workshops.

My work "Bird's Watch" has been selected for the Inaugural Biennale of Arts in Santorini and while I am not sure yet in which venue exactly it will be exhibited., the exhibition opens on August 1st and will continue until the end of September. www.santorinibiennale.gr

 

 

Background, Education and Teaching

Background, Education and Teaching

1979-80 Foundation Course Art & Design, Birmingham Polytechnic, UK
1982-85 BA Hons Ceramics, Camberwell College of Art, London, UK
1991-95 Lived and worked in Napoli, Italy
1995      Settled in London, UK
2006      Joined Skylark 2, artist run gallery - www.skylarkgalleries.com

Current Teaching:
Nightingale House, Balham, London
Community Education Lewisham, London – Ceramic classes for adults and families
St Georges Hospital, Tooting, London - Art and Therapy for The Healing Environment.

Previous Teaching includes:
Private pottery tuition to artist Tracey Emin, January 2006

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

Solo Exhibitions:
2014 February - "Skylark 3D Feature Window" - Skylark 1 Gallery
2013 October- Solo Exhibition Featured Artist Exhibition, Skylark 2 Gallery
2013 November- Cambridge City Art Fair with Skylark Gallery
2011 Skylark2 Gallery, London, “Trailscapes”
2010 Skylark2 Gallery, London, “Smoked and Obvar from Belarus”
2008 Skylark2 Gallery, London ,”Ceramic Adventure in Poland”
2006 Rochester Art Gallery and Craftcase “A Dialogue with Clay”

2001 Mantovani Parker Gallery, Cittá di Castello, Italy, “Terra e Fuoco”
2000 Limelight Gallery, Lewisham, London, “Showcase”
1993 Art Gallery Blu Cobalto, Naples, Italy , Mostra Personale
1988 Oriel 31, Welshpool, Wales Solo Show

Selected group exhibitions
2014 25-27 July - Parallax Art Fair", Chelsea Town Hall
2012 Affordable Art Fair Bristol with “Fourwalls Contemporary Art”
2011 Affordable Art Fair, Bristol with Skylark Gallery
2011 Bargehouse, South Bank, London SE1 The Other Art Fair (selected)
2011 Usak University Art Gallery, Usak, Turkey
2011 International Mixed Exhibition; Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics

2008 Chelsea Art Fair , London, with Skylark Gallery
2006 “Il Ramo d’oro”Bacoli (Na) Italy
2006 International ceramics exhibition and “LandArt” event.
2005 Candid Arts Trust Galleries Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair
2005 Morgan-Boyce Contemporary fine art, Marlborough, U.K
2003 Framework Gallery, Deptford, London, “Spring Exhibition”
2000 Farnham Malting “Art in Clay”
2000 The Chapel of Art, Criccieth, Wales, “Animal Magic”
2000 English Heritage, Rangers House, London, “ Greenwich Crafts”

1999 The Chapel of Art, Criccieth, Wales, “Forbidden Fruit”
1997 Home of Ruth and Charles Corman, London, Tzedaka Box Exhibition
1997 Vietri Sul Mare, Italy, “Viaggio attraverso la ceramica”
1995 Chiesa del Purgatorio, Pozzuoli, Naples, Italy, “Segni di Terra”
1993 Art Gallery Blu Cobalto, Naples, Italy, “Oltre il Pastore”
1993 Many H Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel, “Pretence Domestic Reality”
1992 Morley Gallery, London, VIII London Potters Annual Show, (Awarded Potterycraft Prize for Best Small Work)
1990 Morley Gallery, London, VI London Potters Annual Show, (Awarded Ceramatech Prize for Ceramic Surface)
1986 Ceramic 7, London “Variations in Clay”

Ceramic symposiums

Ceramic symposiums

2009 Bobruisk, Belarus “ART ZHYZHAL”, International “PleinAir” on Ceramics
2008 Boleslaviec, Poland, 44th Sculpture - Ceramics International Symposium
2007 Boleslaviec, Poland, 43rd Sculpture - Ceramics International Symposium

1996 Boleslaviec, Poland - 32nd Sculpture-Ceramics International Symposium
1994 Walbrzych, Poland, 18th International ceramic Symposium “Porcelain in Other Way”
1993 Beer- Sheva, Israel 1st International Ceramic Biennale

Work in Collections

Work in Collections

Avraham Baron Art Gallery, Hanegev University, Beer Sheva Israel
National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
District Museum Walbrzych, Poland
Ceramics Museum Boleslaviec, Poland
Bobruisk Poplavsky Art Museum, Bobruisk, Belarus
Navis Agere, Rochester, UK
Mantovani Parker Gallery, Citta di Castello, Italy
Usak University, Usak, Turkey

Work Styles

Work Styles

Earthenware
Sculptural
Figurative