Andreas Rüthi presents new work inspired by the wonderful Nantgarw and Swansea porcelain collection at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw in A Place at the Table. Raglan based, Swiss born Rüthi’s work is a constant investigation in new possibilities held within the tradition of painting: from colour and form to the notion of likeness and the gaze. Much of his recent subject matter has originated from magazines, prints and books and play with the nature of reproduction and re-presentation.
What interested him in particular about the porcelain is the way they were painted and decorated in a much looser way than flower motifs from other factories in Europe. His paintings at Plas range from small studies to large-scale works and to create a domestic ambience in one of the gallery spaces a wool rug has been woven from one of his recent paintings. Visitors are encouraged to take in the wonderful view from the bay window and record what they see in a notebook, actively participating in the act of gazing and and recording, as Rüthi does with his painting.
To explore Rüthi’s interest in painting techniques and still life further we invited him to co-select an exhibition of still life paintings – Still Life Settings – to be shown alongside his solo. The result is a wonderful combination of works by artists from Wales and further afield.
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