Ruth Sharton

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Artist Statement

The submitted work, 'Cheating Death' is a work from my 'Particles' series. The work is made with metallic colored pencil on gessoed hardboard. This series is the evolution and continuation of my original abstract works which began with a series of charcoal gesture drawings to indulge a visceral impulse to 'dance' with circular and arcing motions across paper, and to fill space with rhythmic lines. I was creating a visual space for the viewer to experience a physical impulse. I explored the painterly aspects with a simple three to four color palate, and played with the emergence and disappearance of the forming and evolving shapes, and with the interplay of color, line, and shape.

The Particles series continues the exploration of rhythm and color, re-visits the hand-drawn line, and becomes absorbed in patterns. In the process of creating these intricate rhythmic patterns, I began to think about sub-atomic particles. The evolving patterns seemed to suggest the energy of thought, and I began to imagine that I was being made privy to, and entering, the dimension where thought harnesses chaos and induces physical outcomes. While this series continues the simplicity of gesture of my earlier drawings and paintings, this current series is a departure from the painterly ambiguity of my prior abstract work. In the Particle series, every mark and line is committed and does not change once made. Like the brushstroke of a Sum-e painting, the drawn lines are laid down with precision and define the parameters of every pattern, and for me, appear to define an unseen dimension.

Artist Bio

Ruth Sharton
Delray Beach FL 33446

Work in Publications
2008 500 Pendants & Lockets, Lark Books, 2008, p. 297, Marsh Drawing 2007

Current Memberships 2016-2017
ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Artists’ Guild Gallery, Delray Beach, FL
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, FL
Women in the Visual Arts. Boca Raton, FL

Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 Red Dot, Miami FL
2012 Art Expo, Javits Center NYC
2011 Artist’s Expo Javits Center NYC
2011 LIC Arts Open
2010 Long Island City Open Studios
2009 Long Island City Open Studios
2006-2008 Juvenal Reis Studios Open Studios 2006, LIC, NY
2005 “Breath of Light” – Omni Gallery, Uniondale LI
2004 Omni Gallery Group Show, Uniondale, LI
2002-2005 Long Island City Open Studios 2002, LIC, NY
1995 “Back to Back” Open Studio Show, NY
1989 Marymount Manhattan College, NY
1987 Somersett Gallery, NY
Pleiades Gallery Juried Show; Donald Kuspit, Juror
1986 ITT Corporation, NJ
1983 Vorpal Gallery, NY
32 Union Square Open Studio Weekend, NY
1980 Belanthi Gallery, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions
1988 Frank Bernarducci Gallery, New York
1987 Pleiades Gallery, New York
First Women’s Bank, New York
1986 Pleiades Gallery, New York

Selected Corporate Collections
Peabody Corporate Interiors, MA
Bloomingdales, FL
InterContinental Hotels, CA
AT&T Corporation, NY
The Swiss Bank, NY
McDonalds, OH
Hannoch Weissmann, NJ
Applied Data Research, NJ
Marriott Hotel, NY
Maurice Villency, NY
Gilberg Interiors, NY
Sullivan Cromwell, NY
Konigsberg, Wolf & Co., P.C., NY

The Art Students League of NY
Parsons School of Design, NY
New York University Film Certificate Program, NY
School of Visual Art, NY
Hunter College, Bachelor of Arts, NY