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A Splott Vista
A Splott Vista. Exhibition of the artwork from Cloughmore surgery, inspired by the industrial heritage of Splott, Cardiff.

A selection of prints by Ruth McLees of artwork from Cloughmore Surgery
as part of the gallery/ten Spring Show

Opens on Thursday 6th March 6pm to 8pm at gallery/ten, 1st Floor, 23 Windsor Place, Cardiff CF10 3BY

Exhibition continues until 29th March - Tues-Fri 10-6; Sat 10-5
Proceeds from sales will go to the Wales Air Ambulance charity
Posted on 04 Mar 2014 by Ruth Mclees
Material Interventions - My New Resin Project
My aim with this new project is to discover an unexpected aesthetic and untapped potential within resins (and other industrial materials) through a
process of experimentation, trial and error.

Many, many thanks to the Arts Council of Wales for deciding to support me in this Research and Development project.

I will be posting images on my blog, but will be charting my weekly progress, trials and tribulations on my new project blog.

The project is all about researching new materials, so I plan to organise talks about my findings and possibly studio visits and workshops too. If you are a member of a group/school/organisation who would be interested in this please drop me a line here.

Posted on 28 Feb 2013 by Ruth Mclees
Battersea Affordable Art Fair 24-28 Oct 2012
Had a great time at Battersea Affordable Art Fair last weekend, showing work through Panter and Hall gallery. The fair was buzzing, and felt so,so positive with sales being made all round. Thanks so much to Matthew and Tiffany for making it all possible for me.

Whilst in London I also popped in to Liberty to see my scarf design for Richard Weston on sale.
See pictures on my blog.
Posted on 29 Oct 2012 by Ruth Mclees
Vale of Glamorgan National Eisteddfod
I will be showing with project/ten and Fibre Art Wales, 4-11 August 2012.

National Eisteddfod, The Old Airfield, Llandow, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7PB.
Posted on 01 Aug 2012 by Ruth Mclees
Exhibition Opening in Gallery in the Square, Usk
Come along to see some new figurative work this Friday 6th Aug between 6-9pm.

Gallery in the Square, The Old Chapel, Twyn Square, Usk.

Exhibition runs until 8th September 2012.
Posted on 01 Aug 2012 by Ruth Mclees
Resin Work for Exhibition with Mission Gallery, Swansea
Mission Gallery and Jamie Hill have partnered
to provide an opportunity for the professional development of individuals
looking for curatorial experience. My resin work has been selected for exhibition in July
to be presented at Jamie Hill Salon, Swansea Marina.
Posted on 21 Jun 2012 by Ruth Mclees
project/ten Summer #3
Resin works on show at 47 Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3PE
7 - 30 june 2012
mon - sat 10 - 5.30pm
Posted on 19 Jun 2012 by Ruth Mclees Birthday Commission
Two hundred portraits unveiled in's 10th Anniversary Commission!
Posted on 19 Jun 2012 by Ruth Mclees
project/ten spring#3
See more of Ruth's work in 'Spring #3', project/ten's pop-up exhibition of contemporary art + design

16 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BB
Monday - Saturday 10–5.30pm

1-31 March 2012

Now in its third year, project/ten's latest exhibition, Spring #3, will occupy 3 floors at 16 High Street Arcade throughout the month of March.
Posted on 05 Mar 2012 by Ruth Mclees
In Conversation: Ruth McLees
Ruth will be discussing her latest show 'Personal Effects: Figurative Paintings with Industrial Resins' at 11am on Saturday 10th March 2012.

You and your guests are invited to this exclusive event.

Ruth's latest work currently showing at LGAC features highly experimental figurative paintings featuring using industrial resins painted onto unusual vintage fabrics.

This session will also be broadcast live on facebook and twitter with both online and in person attendees free to ask questions on any aspect of Ruth's work.
Posted on 05 Mar 2012 by Ruth Mclees
Personal Effects - Figurative Paintings with Industrial Resins
Llantarman Grange Arts Centre, St David's Rd, Cwmbran
11 Feb 2012 - 14 Apr 2012

Resulting from collaboration with a polymer chemist, Ruth McLees' new paintings break free of the flat picture plane and into 3 dimensions.
Posted on 09 Feb 2012 by Ruth Mclees
Oriel Canfas Exhibition Opens This Friday!
Come on guys! I'm looking for people to paint during my exhibition. To be in with a chance of featuring in one of my portraits follow me on Twitter @RuthMcLeesArt and send me a message to say you'd like to take part. You'll need to submit a photo of yourself in your room. The photo must be good quality with a good contrast between dark and light.

Selected pictures will be painted live in the gallery during the exhibition.

See below for more information.
Posted on 06 Jun 2011 by Ruth Mclees
Acquire Arts London Show Opens Tomorrow!
This very exciting show at Acquire Arts opens tomorrow and runs until 21st May.
Private View 19th May @6.30pm
Posted on 18 May 2011 by Ruth Mclees
New Exhibitions
Fibre Voices
With Fibre Art Wales
Newport Museum and Art Gallery
Opening 30th April 2011

Beckford Fine Art Show
Acquire Arts
Battersea, London
Opening 19th May 2011

Ruth McLees Solo Show
Oriel Canfas
Canton, Cardiff
Opening 11th June 2011
Posted on 20 Apr 2011 by Ruth Mclees
New Work in St David's Hall Show... Opens this Friday!
On Friday February 25th 5pm-7pm, at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.


"Maybe the existing forms of art for the ideas men have had are inadequate for the ideas women have."' Susana Torre, 1976

An Exhibition of contemporary Women Artists who practice in Wales, celebrating the ideas they have in 2011

Curated by Ruth Cayford.

Visit blog for further details.
Posted on 21 Feb 2011 by Ruth Mclees
Pictures of the Oriel Ty Coch Christmas show added here!

Lots of gorgeous paintings, designer furniture and beautiful decorations and gifts. Oh, and my work looks amazing in the barn-like space!

Come along and see for yourself. And if you really can't choose what to buy, how about a gift voucher so your loved one can commission a painting or choose an artwork for themselves?
Posted on 08 Dec 2010 by Ruth Mclees
Pop Up Gallery Show
Very excited about project/ten's pop up gallery in awesome secret space in Cardiff project/ten.
Posted on 08 Dec 2010 by Ruth Mclees
Christmas Show at Oriel Ty Coch, Pontcanna
A selection of my works for sale at Oriel Ty Coch's Christmas show, 2A Pontcanna Street, Cardiff CF11 9HQ, 02920 222 560.

Works for sale include...
Posted on 19 Nov 2010 by Ruth Mclees
Exposed at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Carmarthen
The exhibition is of site-specific art situated throughout the gardens by the group Fibre Art Wales of which I am a part. It runs until 30th November 2011.
Posted on 04 Oct 2010 by Ruth Mclees
Beckford Fine Art Group Exhibition at Herefordshire Art Week
The Private View will take place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September from 12pm.

The exhibition will be open daily 11th- 19th Sept 2010 from 10am to 5pm with late night opening on Thursday.

The venue is Wyastone House, Monmouth, NP25 3SR.

Please contact James Forster; 01989 763399; for further details.

I hope to be there on the Saturday so look forward to seeing you there!
Posted on 31 Aug 2010 by Ruth Mclees
Arts Council of Wales Production Grant Awarded
I am delighted to have been awarded a Production Grant by the Arts Council of Wales.
This grant will enable me to produce new work for a series of exhibitions in 2011… Watch this space for details!
Posted on 17 Dec 2009 by Ruth Mclees
Last Minute Christmas Gifts
In a panic? Rushed off your feet? Loads of Christmas shopping left to do and no idea what to buy?
Just take your pick from one of these perfect gift ideas…
Posted on 17 Dec 2009 by Ruth Mclees
Workshops in Cardiff Bay
Capture the festive spirit and liven up your Christmas tree! I will be holding various Christmas decoration workshops in my studio in Cardiff Bay during November and December…
Posted on 04 Nov 2009 by Ruth Mclees
Tros Gynnal Art Auction at the Marriott
I have donated a painting for auction to support Tros Gynnal, the leading Welsh children’s rights charity dedicated to representing and empowering the most vulnerable children and young people of Wales.
The opening of the exhibition of all donated work will take place at Swansea Museum, 7pm on 6th November 2009.
The grand auction of work will be held from 6.30pm on 26th November at the Cardiff Marriott Hotel.
For further details about this and to place a bid please visit the on-line auction link on the ‘What’s On’ page at
Posted on 04 Nov 2009 by Ruth Mclees
Gift Vouchers
Gift Vouchers for portraits are available for Christmas.

Many of my portraits are purchased as gifts for friends and family. Due to demand I often work on an 8 week timetable and this doesn't always coincide with my client’s deadlines for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings etc

So I have high quality gift certificates with envelopes printed to give to the recipient on their special day. This is accompanied by commissioning information for the recipient to read and look at.

The vouchers don’t have to have the price printed on them; if you would like to hide the total amount you are spending on the recipient this can be arranged.

Gift Vouchers for a painting 8 x 12 inch/21 x 29 cm start at £80.

For further details and to order please ring Ruth on 07974 955824, email or text ‘voucher’ to 07974955824 to request a call back.
Posted on 04 Nov 2009 by Ruth Mclees
Family and Pet Portraits for Christmas
I am now taking bookings for Christmas Portrait Commissions.
I am an accomplished portrait artist with over 14 years experience in painting portraits for clients worldwide. I specialise in beautiful hand painted portraits and pet portraits in acrylics upon textiles. You can choose to have your portrait painted upon vintage textiles to match your home d้cor.

The Full Package. If you are looking to commission a portrait of a pet, family or even a film star I offer the full package. All I need is your favourite photo and I will do the rest! I can provide you with hand painted portraits along with a traditionally crafted framing service and prints of your portraits all delivered safely to your door worldwide.

Prices for a painting 8 x 12 inch/21 x 29 cm start at £80.

For further details and to book please ring Ruth on 07974 955824, email or text ‘commission’ to 07974 955824 to request a call back.
Posted on 04 Nov 2009 by Ruth Mclees
Ruth McLees Art Exhibition at Waterloo Gardens Teahouse 2nd – 30th November
I have a show of new work, paintings and prints at Waterloo Gardens Teahouse, Penylan, Cardiff, CF23 5AA. The show will be officially launched with a wine and cheese reception this Thursday 5th November 6-8pm
Posted on 04 Nov 2009 by Ruth Mclees
China Vagina Collection
To see the plates please visit the Commissioned Work page.
Please contact Ruth McLees via the contact page on this website for more information and price list or click on her name below.
Posted on 09 Apr 2009 by Ruth Mclees
Ruth McLees Art on Facebook
Please join my Facebook group 'Ruth McLees Art'.
Keep up-to-date with my new art and events. Receive previews of new paintings plus the chance to buy and commission original works.
Posted on 20 Feb 2009 by Ruth Mclees
Llantarnam Grange Exhibition- Ffibr: Form and Fusion
Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, St David's Rd, Cwmbran, NP44 1PD
An exhibition of 6 contemporary fibre artists.
Includes stunning new painted portraits on fabric by Ruth McLees.
Posted on 20 Jan 2009 by Ruth Mclees
New Exhibition at St David's Hall, Cardiff. Opens Friday 16th Jan 5-7pm.
Moving Scenes

Beginning at her studio, an old sail warehouse in Cardiff Bay, Ruth has journeyed along the paths of the old Docks waterways to find inspiration for her new work.

Travelling these routes with the purpose of viewing and gathering visual information, Ruth spent time exploring and talking to people she met along the way: the aim a series of paintings to record each trip whilst keeping an eye on the memory and multicultural landscape of the area.

With a focus on the difficult relationship between the old Docks and new Cardiff Bay, Ruth has met and painted long-time residents of Butetown alongside new incomers. In conversation their sense of identity, place and often alienation within the redeveloping environment has come across, whilst providing a wealth of oral history and opinion.

This exhibition draws together visual snapshots from each journey painted en route on the back of postcards, with portraits of the many characters and faces encountered. These, painted upon fabrics collected, donated or bought along the way, often incorporate found materials with a conceptual weight or physical link to the area.

Together the works become a memory aid; a visual record of elements from the journey plus a physical record of tactile experience and history. Depicting places and people from both sides of the divide, they aim to inspire integration by highlighting the historical identity and location of the multi-ethnic community that Butetown has always been.

Exhibition runs until 18th February

With thanks to the Arts Council of Wales and St David's Hall
Posted on 08 Jan 2009 by Ruth Mclees
Commission your own unique artwork!
Unique paintings that add wow factor to your home, office, rental apartment or event

Portraits and paintings on vintage fabrics

Bespoke artworks painted to commission

Original artworks for sale

Boring office?
Bland apartment?
Too much empty space?

Commission a unique painting to complement any d้cor, using fabrics selected to match any room, theme or colour scheme

Tired of flowers?

Choose artwork instead as a centre-piece for your wedding decorations or corporate event

For an exclusive gift, why not commission a portrait painted on the fabric of a favourite dress as a unique and personal reminder of a special event such as a wedding or birthday?

Featured as Marie Claire Magazine’s ‘Buy of the Day’

Ruth McLees is portraitist to Catrin Finch, Royal Harpist to HRH Prince of Wales

Want to find out more?

Please fill in your details on a contact form or get in touch to arrange a consultation

Posted on 08 Sep 2008 by Ruth Mclees
St David's Hall Exhibition
Ruth has been offered a solo exhibition in St David's Hall, Cardiff beginning January 2009.
Watch this space for details!
Posted on 08 Sep 2008 by Ruth Mclees
Prize Winner!
Ruth has won the People's Choice Award for her paintings at Bute Space Gallery's 'New Wave' Exhibition.
Posted on 08 Sep 2008 by Ruth Mclees
Current Exhibitions
Ruth McLees Art at The Deck, Harrowby Street, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5GA.

An ongoing exhibition of paintings and prints.

Ruth McLees Art at Kooywood Gallery, 8 Museum Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BG.
Tel: 029 2023 5093

Ruth McLees Art at Bute Space Gallery, 123 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay.
Tel: 029 2048 2565

A selection of original paintings and limited edition prints on paper.
Until September 12th 2008

Posted on 08 Sep 2008 by Ruth Mclees
Saatchi Gallery Link
Posted on 21 Jul 2008 by Ruth Mclees
Ruth Mclees Art in Marie Claire
By Carla Bevan
Ruth Mclees Prints
NEW! Fashion doesn't always have to be about what you wear on your body or your feet (or head for that matter), what about how you dress your walls? If you want to make a serious style statement, Ruth Mclees's unique paintings are truly one of a kind. Taking individual commissions, as well as creating one-off pieces you can buy via her website, she paints shadowy portraits onto fabrics with mesmerising effect. Log onto to check our more examples of her work.
Posted on 21 Jul 2008 by Ruth Mclees
Ruth McLees in Marie Claire
Posted on 21 Jul 2008 by Ruth Mclees
'New Wave' Exibition at Bute Space Gallery
Ruth McLees Art at Bute Space Gallery, 123 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay.

‘New Wave’ features work by Ruth McLees plus other artists.

Runs until 17 July.

For more information, please contact Bute Space Gallery 02920 482565

Tues-Wed-Fri 11am-6pm

Thurs (late night) 11am-9pm

Sat 10am-6pm

Sun 10am-4pm

Posted on 01 Jul 2008 by Ruth Mclees
Welsh Artist of the Year 2008
My painting 'Bute Street' has been selected for the Welsh Artist of the Year Exhibition 2008. It will be on show in St David's Hall, Cardiff until July 26th 2008.
Posted on 01 Jul 2008 by Ruth Mclees
Severnshed Exhibition
New paintings on display in Severnshed, The Grove, Harbourside, Bristol.
1 Dec - 1 Jan
Posted on 06 Dec 2007 by Ruth Mclees
Ruth McLees Fine Art Prints For Sale in Bejewelled Cardiff
Bejewelled, High Street Arcade, Cardiff now sells a selection of Limited Edition Ruth McLees Fine Art Prints. Please ring 02920 228056 for details.
Posted on 20 Dec 2006 by Ruth Mclees
Prints Available
It is now possible for you to buy Limited Edition prints of selected images via mail order.
Prints can be any size from small A4 right up to 38''x 56'' (965mm x 1423mm).
Archival Giclee prints are on Fine Art paper or Canvas. Canvas is stretched over a wooden frame. Prints on paper can be mounted ready for framing.

Paintings currently available as prints:
Pixelgirl One
Pixelgirl Two
Viewer Voyeur

Please enquire for details.
Posted on 11 Dec 2006 by Ruth Mclees
Stunning Artwork to Match the Decor of Your Home
I offer a bespoke service creating unique and individual works of art tailored to complement any room. Paintings can be commissioned to match the d้cor of your home or office, on fabrics to match the wallpaper or soft furnishings. Are you looking for a stunning gift? How about a portrait painted on the fabric of a favourite dress as a unique and personal reminder of a special event such as a wedding or birthday?
For further details and to discuss any ideas you have, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07974955824 or email
Posted on 29 Nov 2006 by Ruth Mclees
Marie Claire Fashion Buy of the Day
Artwork by Ruth McLees currently features on the Marie Claire website as Fashion Buy of the Day for 16th Nov 2006. Check it out at
Posted on 22 Nov 2006 by Ruth Mclees
China Vagina Plates Now Available for Sale!
Visit to see the whole range and reserve yours today!
Posted on 30 Oct 2006 by Ruth Mclees
China Vagina Collection
Anticipation and excitement prior to the launch!
Posted on 30 Oct 2006 by Ruth Mclees
New site launched
Welcome to my new website.
Posted on 15 Oct 2006 by Ruth Mclees
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