Tessa and the clay heads
by Ruth Murray

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Oil on canvas
1700 x 1400 mm 

Ruth Murray undertook a BA (Hons) in painting at Loughborough University and an MA at the Royal College of Art. She won the Derek Hill Scholarship, British School at Rome (2008) and her work has been seen in group exhibitions in Berlin, Finland, Brazil and the UK.

The portrait is of Murray’s younger sister, Tessa, and is painted in the artist’s studio. Although she has been the subject of paintings before, Murray says: ‘This is her first real portrait – each clay sculpture represents a previous distortion of her image. This painting explores her feeling of objectification.’

    Tessa and the Clay Heads
    by Ruth Murray, 2012
    © Ruth Murray