Paintings 2004 - 06
From the late 90's to the mid 2000's, Ruby developed a style of narrative, figurative painting that incorporated personal history, social realities and political, moral dilemma. Dystopian urban worlds are laced with tormented figures who exist within the underbelly of society.
The Black Paintings of Francisco Goya had a profound affect on Ruby's approach to painting throughout this period. The German Neue Sachlichkeit artists from the 1920's Weimar Republic such as Max Beckmann, George Grosz and Otto Dix were also constant points of reference.
The imagery of the Mexican Muralist movement and artists such as Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros were an ongoing influence on Ruby's work feeding into The Pana Shuffle Mural at Mutton Lane in 2004-05.
Scottish Figurative painting from the 1980s/90s remained a source of reference for Ruby and painters such as Stephen Campbell, Ken Currie, Peter Howson and Adrian Wiszniewski continued to influence Ruby's work at this stage.
The Show is Over I Oil on Linen 44cm x 44cm 2005
The Show is Over II Oil on Linen 44cm x 44cm 2005
The following works are a selection from the show 'Fall of the Rebel Angels ' which hung at The Launderette Gallery - Cork - Oct/Nov 2005
Scapegoat for Anger Oil on Canvas 122cm x 153cm 2005
The Jolly Gluttons Oil on Canvas 122cm x 153cm 2005
Self-Portrait Oil on Canvas 30cm x 30cm 2005
Frozen Out 30cm x 30cm Oil on Canvas 2005
Fever Joe Oil on Canvas 30cm x 30cm 2005