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Gram & Bottles, acrylic on canvas, 24" X 36", signed
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

Colin Ruffell was born in 1939; then he was bombed, evacuated, educated, expelled, repatriated, married, bred, qualified and taught; until in 1965, aged 26, he became a professional artist.  Since then he is proud and happy to have survived.

He qualified from two Art Colleges in painting, design and printmaking, and the Open University in psychology and aesthetics, plus he has a reasonably clean driving license.

He has founded, led or organized the following: Spectrum Studios, Artists in Action, Bayswater Road Artists Association, 9-Plus Artists Group, Buckingham Fine Art Ltd., Brighton Artists Workshop, European Fine Art Ltd., The Fiveways Artists Group, and Crabfish Ltd.

Exhibited: England, Scotland, Wales, Sweden, Germany, Holland, U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Venezuela, and Australia, plus works in private and corporate collections worldwide. Published by; The Art Group, Edinburgh Arts, London Contemporary Art, Ecosse Fine Art, Canadian Art Prints, Winn Devon, Hibell Japan, ArtSmile, and Crabfish Ltd.

He likes cooking, drinking, eating, playing with his grandchildren, and talking about the archeo-psychic ego state or biological determinism, and he also goes bird watching.

He has been a pioneer of changing techniques for artists.  In the early sixties he was one of the first British art-students to use the then revolutionary medium of artists acrylic paint, and he has been a consistent advocate ever since.  In the nineties he spotted the potential of giclee printmaking, and the Internet as exhibition space.  His enthusiasm led The Fine Art Trade Guild to elect him firstly as a Court Member and then as Chair of The Guilds Printers and Publishers Committee, and in 2008 the Guild chose him to be 'The Master of The Guild', where he is involved in setting worldwide standards for the fine art industry.

His pictures are varied.  He paints in many styles.  Some images are childlike and amusing, others are traditional landscapes, and yet more are complex modernist abstract relationships of colour, texture and shape. He claims that he paints in explosive bursts, necessarily punctuated by long spells of getting ready or recovery from the last effort.

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Born July 13th 1939 in Kent England.

(Birth sign Cancer the crab.)

Hornsey Art College 1956-59

Married artist Fran Slade 1960

Portsmouth Art College 1962-64 National Diploma in Design.

Art teacher Bedford 1964-65.

Founder Spectrum Studios Bedford 1965

Chairman Bayswater Road Artists Association 1972, 73

Founder Member 9+ Artists Group 1973

Contract with Seen Galleries London 1976, 77

Contract with Sion Essex Fine Art 1978

Founder Brighton Artists Workshop 1978-

Open University 1984-96 BSc Hons

Member Fiveways Artists Group Brighton since 1991


Limited Editions Gallery

Buckingham Fine Art Ltd

London Contemporary Art

Royle Publications

The Paper House Group

Brighton Artists Workshop

Second Nature Limited

The Old Barn Card Co


Ford Motor Company, Midland Bank, Lloyds Bank, Rolls Royce, Jones Lang and Wootton, London and Paris Property Company, Cigna Services UK Ltd, House of Fraser, Elf Petroleum France, Virgin Atlantic, Tower Bridge Experience London, Hilton Hotels, Lister Hospital.


1958 Embankment, Temple Gardens, London

1959 Young Contemporaries, London

1959 Arts Council, tour of Great Britain

1963 TUC HQ Congress House London

1963 Architects Association London

1966 Banbury Arts Festival

1966 "Britain's Best", Rackhams, Birmingham

1966 G Plan Artists in Action, Glasgow, Worcester, Edinburgh

1967 G Plan Artists in Action, Islington, Hull, Cardiff, Southampton, Kirkcaldy

1969 - 1999 Bayswater Road, London

1973 9+ Group, Chenil Galleries, Chelsea, London

1973 "First One Man Show", Preston St Art Gallery, Brighton

1974 9+ Group, Caracas, Venezuela

1974 9+ Group, Osaka, Japan

1976 "Don't Stamp on Flowers", Seen Gallery, London

1977 One Man Show, Oak Tree Studio, Shipley

1977 One Man Show, Studio 18, St Helier, Jersey

1978 Mixed Show, Osborne Galleries, Brighton

1978 One man Show, The Coach House Gallery, Guernsey

1979 "Tre Naivester", Galleri Fenix, Gothenburg, Sweden

1980 - 2000 Brighton Artists Workshop, Brighton

Source: Fiveways Artists Group –

Submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke, Art Historian and Collector, West Vancouver, Canada




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