About Jo Ruth

jo ruth artistI trained in Fine Art at the University of Reading and then moved to the Midlands to do my teacher training.  I have lectured in Art and Graphic Illustration in London and the West Midlands and have exhibited extensively at various venues in the Midlands and further afield....

As a painter-printmaker my work is experimental in its process. I work in a variety of media exploring qualities of mark making, texture and colour.  I use silkscreen and lino printing to explore and extend the variety of textures and marks that can be achieved and these are often used in combination with painting and drawing.  This experimental, mixed media approach means that I produce monotypes (one-off prints) or small editions of my printed work.

I have a strong interest in illustration and the production of imagery using a combination of digital technology and traditional printing techniques. Much of my most recent work explores the production of images where the scanner and the computer are as integral to the outcome as the paintbrush and the printing press.

I use the decorative qualities of birds to explore these ideas but more recently I have also based my work on photographs I have taken in Birmingham.  Images of buildings, commemorative sculptures and even highways give rise to compositions that are familiar to those who live and work here.

Living in the outskirts of Birmingham I am always amazed at the variety of birdlife in our cities.  I am also influenced by the growing culture in this environment for street art – huge painted walls with exciting textures colours and expressive marks, some on a very large scale.  Elements of this gestural, urban artwork have crept into my own images.  There are suggestions of weathered walls, street markings and silhouettes of park railings.  This combined with the use of stencils, spray paint and acrylic washes forms the basis for my paintings and prints and is a continuation of long-standing themes exploring images of the urban environment and the decorative quality of birds.

I am a member of Birmingham Printmakers and also exhibit with Take 13, a group of artists based in the Black Country. 




Bass Brewers
University of Birmingham
HeadLand Consultancy, London
SuperRod, Abergavenny
Mamamio – illustrations for packaging designs
Essensuals - Birmingham
Ark of Oundle – images for charity Christmas cards
Jury's Inn Hotel - Birmingham

Freeths solicitors - Birmingham

My prints and cards of Birmingham are on sale at the Symphony Hall Shop.




I have had work featured in exhibitions both here and abroad including:

Oog Vor Natuur - Netherlands

Mall Galleries London - ING Discerning Eye
Mall Galleries London - Society of Wildlife Artists

New Networks for Nature - Stamford

Birdscapes Gallery - Norfolk

International BirdFair - Rutland


Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - 30 Years of Birmingham Printmakers

The Courtyard Centre for the Arts - Hereford

Buckinghamshire County Museum

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

ArtsFest Birmingham

Dudley Museum and Art Gallery

Bond Gallery, Birmingham

No8 Community Arts Centre, Pershore

Stratford Leisure Centre

Pitt Gallery Worcester- Worcester Open Exhibition

Red House Cone - Stourbridge

Artrix, Bromsgrove