First one-person show at the new Ruskin Gallery

Published: 7 February 2006 at 13:18

The Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University is staging an exhibition of the work of internationally-acclaimed abstract painter Bruce Russell from 1-23 February 2006 at the Ruskin Gallery at the University's East Road campus.

'Diamond Series' is the first solo exhibition by a major UK artist at the recently refurbished gallery which is used to showcase the work of students at the Cambridge School of Art and invited guests. 

Bruce Russell, who lives in rural Hampshire, has been making abstract paintings for forty years exhibiting in Britain, Europe and the Americas. Born in 1946 and of Irish descent, Bruce studied in the 1960s at Chelsea School of Art, before being awarded one of the first Cheltenham Fellowships.

In his subsequent career, he has had over 20 one-person shows at Birksted, Benhamin Rhodes and Beardsmore galleries. His work has been included in major national and international group and survey shows, such as the Jubilee British Painting Show, the British Art Show, Hayward Annual, John Moores, and Venice Biennale. He represented the UK in the Xl International Festival of Painting, France and his work is in major private and national collections around the world, including Government Art Collection, British Council, European Parliament and ICCED Argentina.

He was founder-director of the University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne and the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University. Since 1987, he has been Head of School and Professor of Fine Art at Kingston University, London.

Bruce Russell of the exhibition said:

"I think the new Cambridge Art School with its beautiful Ruskin Gallery is a hugely exciting cultural development for the academic and social life of Cambridge and I am honoured to be invited to mount the first one-person show here."

"The exhibition is part of a two-handed project showcasing related series of abstract paintings 'Circles and Diamonds' made over the last 18 months. They continue my career-long interest in our increasingly densely mediated landscape of cartographical, commercial and metaphysical glyphs, morphs and tropes, at the intersection of the analogue, electronic and cybernetic. Or, as some might say, modern cubism."

Anthony Harrild, Ruskin Professor of Art at the Cambridge School of Art said:

"This exhibition marks the start of a revitalised programme of shows for the new Ruskin Gallery. It is a venue that is winning the hearts and minds of a diverse range of artists throughout the UK and we are extremely excited about its potential to develop over the years ahead as a first-class exhibition space."

Bruce Russell has been associated with the formation of the new Cambridge School of Art in his capacity as an external consultant and adviser. He is currently working with Senior Lecturer of Fine Art, David Ryan, on a major survey show and book of middle-generation British Abstract Painting "meta-".

Anglia Ruskin University has a 150 year art tradition. The degree level courses offered within the Cambridge School of Art offer all the flexibility of modular based programmes. There are currently 460 students at the school.