Ruth Stage b.1969
Sunlight Serpentine 2002
Egg tempera on board 17 × 15 inches (43 × 38 cm)
Signed with initials
New Grafton Gallery 2002
Working in the medium of egg tempera on gesso prepared board, Stage has exhibited extensively in the UK, with regular solo shows since 1995. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, at the Royal Academy, and with the New English Art Club since 1999. She studied at Newcastle University and the Royal Academy Schools. Her paintings are held in many private, public and corporate collections including Hiscox PLC, the Professional Footballers’ Association, Durham University, NatWest Bank and Pearl Assurance.
'Ruth Stage is something of a phenomenon among contemporary landscape painters, using the apparently painstaking technique of egg tempera on white gesso to achieve remarkably fluid, virtuoso effects of light, pattern and texture, with more vivid colour being achieved by the use of pure colour mixed in the egg-yolk. It has won her a remarkable following and considerable critical success …but success does not seem to have undermined the quiet, critical integrity of the work' - Nicholas Usherwood