Colin Ruffell


  • Big Ben Sunset by Colin Ruffell
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Who and what inspires you?
I love being part of the art world.
The art teacher at my stuffy old school, was my favourite because he didn’t wear a suit or a gown like all the rest of the teachers, instead he had a beard and an old corduroy jacket. I just wanted to be like him.
So I am inspired by rebellion and individuality and the fun of just doing it and surviving as a full time professional artist against all the odds.
My London pictures shown in Skylark are about the experience of excitement and specialness that I share with millions of others who come to witness and enjoy the spectacular energy of this extraordinary place. I am inspired by London which feels very colourful, iconic, and dynamic, so I try to capture that feeling with paint.

Who are your favourite artists and why?
Rothko, Picasso, Monet. They made super paintings and had interesting lives.

What is your work about?
In Skylark, with limited wall space, I just show paintings and prints of my London series. But over the fifty years I have tackled many subjects and styles. Some with success and some not.

What is your favourite medium or artist’s tool to work with and why?
Acrylic paint for paintings, archival inkjet [giclee] for print-making and digital creativity on a computer, and nowadays acrylographs’ which are a hybrid combination of all three.

What do you love most about being an artist?
Creativity, freedom, and the reaction of those that like my work.

What is the single most important thing art has given you?
Single? All of the following, creativity, freedom, and the reaction of those that like my work.

What regularly makes you smile?
Creativity, freedom, and the reaction of those that like my work.

Best bit of advice you came across?
“Just do it”. John Titchell RA art lecturer at Hornsey Art College.

Share a tip for overcoming ‘artist’s block’
“Just do it”. John Titchell RA art lecturer at Hornsey Art College.

www.colinruffell.com