ABOUT RUPERT

Qualifications

B.A. (Hons) Fine Art (2.1), Aberystwyth University (graduated 1997)

 

Artist Statement

I live and work from my studio in rural mid-Devon. I grew up in an artistic household – my father is a marine artist and the arts were part of everyday life and were encouraged. I won an Art Scholarship at the age of 16 to Blundell’s School in Tiverton, and went on to study painting and art history at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

My greatest interest as a painter lies in the human figure and portraiture. For me, painting a portrait is about producing something lasting and beautiful, which will provide enjoyment and interest for many years.

I paint exclusively in oil paint – I find it to be a versatile medium and its longevity is appealing. I aim not only to capture a good likeness of the subject, but also to provide an insight into each individual’s personality and character.

Wherever possible, I prefer to work from life in a series of informal sittings. Photography is used in the early stages as an aid to composition and can be useful if the sitter has limited time. It is important for me that the sitter feels comfortable and relaxed and that the experience is an enjoyable and memorable one.

EXHIBITIONS

The Full Picture – Oxford in Portraits, The Weston Library, Oxford2017
The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries2016
The Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize, Mall Galleries2006,14,15
The Artist & Illustrators Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries2015
ROI Annual Show, Mall Galleries2014
The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries2013
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries2006 to 11& 18/20
SWAc Academicians Annual show, Exeter2013 to 18
SWAc Spring Show, Thelma Hulbert, Honiton2016 & 18
South West Academy Open Exhibition, Exeter2002 to 07&11to 19
Royal West of England Academy, 155 Annual Show, Bristol2007
The Artshed Gallery Soul Survivor Festival, Somerset2007
The Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon2016 to present
Marine House/Steam Gallery, Beer, Devon2007 to 15
Lantic Gallery, Tiverton, Devon2014 to present

AWARDS

Oxford University – Examination School collection
2nd Prize – Artist and Illustrators Annual Exhibition2015
Elected Academician of the South West Academy of Art (SWAc)2013
Commended – South West Academy Exhibition2011
Winner Of The Marine House Gallery Prize, South West Academy2006
Winner of The David Messum Prize, South West Academy2002

NOTABLE SITTERS

Professor Dame Carole Jordan, Oxford University

Stafford Henry Northcote, The 4th Earl of Iddesleigh

Mark Semmence, former Headmaster of Mount Kelly College, Tavistock