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Fish # 06 Longnose Velvet Dogfish Centroselachus crepidater ~ Ruth Bateman
Acrylic inks, watercolour and ink 13 x 23 cm
This fine shark specimen is known also as a sleeper shark and forms part of the Somniosidae family. He is predominantly found cruising along in the sub tropical seas of the Southern hemisphere, reaching depths between 230 - 1500m, and is found around the world including in British waters.
Longnose as we shall refer to him has notably two dorsal fins which are equal in size and length, he tends to be black or blackish brown in colour and has a very long distinct snout! - hence the name! Sleek and slender in stature he is ideally built for circumnavigating the depths and vastness of the sub tropics.
Biography: Ruth instinctively paints large expressive and often spontaneous landscapes; these reflect her passion and response to the immediate environment around her. Distinct in style she Incorporates various techniques and materials into her work, she seeks to push and challenge the boundaries of traditional painting methodology
Painting acts as a visual voice or expression, capturing the essence of emotion that is often lost in the fast-paced world of today. Ruth's work is honest and a true reflection on her fascination and intrigue on the natural world, extending from landscapes through to nature, animals and beasts. Her paintings consist of layers or colour, often re-worked into, thus revealing an otherwise 'lost' moment in time, a memory recaptured. Paint is then systematically if not rather chaotically applied in the form of splashing, dripping, flicking, scratching and drawing.
Alongside her growing reputation within the painting scene, Ruth has become well established and known for her wire and mixed media sculptures, where wire is used to transform a drawn line into energetic three dimensional sculpture. The majority of Ruth's wire sculptures concentrate on her love of the Hare and bird-life. Fascinated and drawn to the colour, texture and the density that wire offers, Ruth sketches, and builds life into each piece, through a series of twists and binds. Movement is fundamental to each creation, allowing a life spirit to emulate and individuality and character to shine.
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