Welcome to Ruth Addinall's website.
Ruth is a painter and sculptor living and working in Edinburgh.
Her work is generally figure-based and quite stylised.
‘The most meaningful part of the experience of visual art is often the part that cannot be put into words.
One can talk about the subject matter and my subject matter generally comes from moments of everyday life that I would hope most people could recognise, with a strong undercurrent of reference – homage of a sort – to the family of image-makers to which as an artist I feel I belong.
One can also talk about style: I am fascinated by style and use different styles according to the piece I am working on.
A couple of phrases from the wonderful ‘Letter to a Woman Painter’ by Max Beckmann describe well my feelings about the world of image-making: art as a “disciplined intoxication” and “the fantasy palace of art”, that palace within us which allows us to escape the confines of the external and create new worlds.’
Henry James: "We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art."