Based in Buckinghamshire, Ruth Eales is best known for her raw and symbolic self-portraiture, visually expressing her struggles with depression.


Her oil paintings “Parched” and “How Long is a Piece of String?” are meticulously painted in muted colours, breaking the 4th wall with elements that protrude from the canvas. In this work, Ruth aims to depict that which is not tangible. She says: “I get a sense of relief by giving these feelings a form. I hope that those who relate can get something from this work, and maybe it can help others to understand”.

Ruth’s eclectic body of work uses different styles and mediums depending on the subject matter.

Outside of her project “Intangible Entities”, she often uses highly saturated colours, compassionately capturing the personalities of animals as well as people. “I empathise with the subject whilst painting portraits, and aim to show this in the finished piece”.

Ruth won the SAA’s (Society for All Artists) coveted “Young Artist of the Year” award 2017, as well as “Best Young Animal or Wildlife”.

Her winning pieces “Sniffer John” and “Rise” were showcased over a series of events, including the highly prestigious ICHF event at Birmingham NEC.

 A selection of Ruth’s work is for sale in London Gallery, the ‘Artful Pelican’, where she donates 40-100% of profits to the charity ‘Street Souls’ that helps homeless and vulnerable people.