Ruth Heaton: short to the eye, long in the mind

Mon – Fri, 11am – 4pm; Sat, 2 – 6pm; Sun, 11am – 4pm

Preview 27 January, 2 – 6pm

Redcar Contemporary Art Gallery

Ruth Heaton works across painting, sculpture and installation to interpret and explore the natural and human made landscape though chromatic and spatial abstractions.

Complex repetitions of form and colour are the foundations of my making informed not only by individual experiences but also by the natural world, architecture, and mapping of the land.

Ruth Heaton’s work combines the figurative and the abstract in an exploration of spatial and chromatic complexity. Her painting practice is a combination of precise visual placement and responsive mark making. A sense of rhythm is created through the repetition of compositional structures, this is interrupted by an abstraction of form and colour, intentionally provoking a perceptual ambiguity.


Her work is largely influenced by her embodied experience of being in the landscape, and this is realised through a combination of memory and photographs. This is also informed by her previous work as a mental health practitioner and her interest in the relationship between well-being and green space. Vegetation, ecology, architecture, and maps are sources of inspiration, with seasonal variations often providing a lens through which to explore kaleidoscopic abstractions of colour and shape.



13 West Terrace Redcar TS10 1DS

26 January—2 February 2024

Free entry

  • Fri 11am – 4pm
  • Sat 2 – 6pm
  • Mon 11am – 4pm
  • Tue 11am – 4pm
  • Wed 11am – 4pm
  • Thu 11am – 4pm
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