Exhibitionin Zürich / Switzerland
Andreas Rüthi presents in his 6th solo exhibition at Galerie Brigitte Weiss new paintings celebrating the hallucinogenic power of colour. They investigate new possibilities held within the tradition of painting: playing with the nature of reproduction, imitation, re-presentation and scale.
The inspiration for these paintings range from found lithographs of mushrooms, to photographs taken by his wife, artist Helen Sear. The intention to extend the potential held within a reproduction through the act of gesture and reinterpretation is the uniting element across all the works.
The process begins with a small oil painting made from direct observation, A3 or A4 in size. This painting is then placed directly onto a colour photocopier and enlarged in various sequences.
The magnification of the oil sketch initiates a new encounter, the pigment of the photocopies revealing a new, previously unseen visual landscape.
These colour copies then become a guide for the production of large scale paintings, generating a new energy that reinvigorates the act of being present in the painting, rather than a mechanical process of copying.
Andreas Rüthi, 1956 born in Zürich, Switzerland. Lives in Monmouthshire, UK and Burgundy, France.
After training and working as a teacher in his native Switzerland, Rüthi studied Fine Art in London and Amsterdam. He worked in London for several years in publishing as a translator and art director and from 2005 to 2017 as Senior Lecturer Fine Art, University of Wales, Newport.
Since 1996 his work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally. Andreas Rüthi is represented by Galerie Hammelehle & Ahrens, Cologne, Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zürich and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia.
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