About Ru


Ru Knox is an English artist who has spent years as a professional classical portraitist, fulfilling private commissions and exhibiting both in the UK and abroad with much success in international competitions.

Ru combines this rigorous formal structure with his own original ideas, displaying his unique and personal style. His work has developed from pure traditional representation to a more contemporary approach, but retains references to his training.

Ru is currently exhibiting in London galleries having last year achieved an MA in Fine Art at City and Guilds. His work is now about his responses to the mood and atmosphere generated by life’s constant state of flux, which can be perceived by a thousand angles at once from different spaces in time; thereby warping or fragmenting reality. He has a rare and potent emotional expression which has culminated from years of imaginative experimentation with various techniques and textures, but his legacy observational precision and handling still capture the psychology and immortalise the souls of his portraits – with which Ru is fascinated.

Ru’s raw imagery (by using methods of layering, burning, scraping and splattering) renders a deeply sculptural yet intangible quality especially when his work is viewed in ‘real-life’. These processes achieve both a synergy and a tension between fine intricate draughtsmanship and sheer abstraction, which forms a dynamic and lifting conversation between creator and spectator, arousing a new wealth of emotions.


Current Exhibitions


'Art in the Age of Now' – Fulham Town Hall
18th May – 1st June 2021
553-561 Fulham Rd, London SW6 1ES

'These paintings are immersive experiences, designed to encourage a creative environment. The ambiguous shapes and forms, which are expressed with vibrant colours and painterly techniques, invite the viewer to create a subjective narrative, based upon their own collection of thoughts and memories.

The overall effect is a sense of harmony and dissonance, cadence and rhythm, focus and disorientation. Absorbing these visual cues the viewer becomes a creator, stimulating their own rapturous sensation.’


'Summer at the Exhibitionist' – Cynthia Corbett Gallery
18th May – 3rd September 2021
8-10 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2EA





Recent Exhibitions


'Where the Angels Reside' – Ad Lib Gallery
1st July – 20th August 2020
725 Fulham Road, SW6

Solo Show – Waluso Gallery
5th March – July 2020
257 Hoxton Street, London N1 5LG

‘The Young Masters’ – Cynthia Corbett Gallery
22nd - 26th January 2020
London Art Fair, 52 Upper Street, The Angel, London N1 0QH

‘Long Live Rembrandt’ – Rijks Museum
15th July - 15th September 2019
Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands

City & Guilds Show
7th - 15th September 2019
124 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4DJ

‘Chelsea 2019’ – Art Below
7th - 11th May 2019
Old Brompton Gallery, 238 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 ODE

‘Fear and Loathing in Hotel California’
15th March - 30th April 2019
Hackney Walk, 163 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH

‘Interim’ – City & Guilds
14th - 16th March 2019
124 Kennington Park Road, London

‘#Unmissable’ – The Other Art Fair
14th - 17th March 2019
The Old Truman Brewery, London

‘Hyde Park’ – Art Below
15th - 19th January 2019
Herrick Gallery, 93 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NQ

‘Human/Nature’ – Old Brompton Gallery
20th - 25th November 2018
238 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 0DE

‘Regent’s Park’ – Art Below
2nd - 12th October 2018
41 - 43 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HJ

‘Choose Your Hero’ – RE:CENTRE
5th - 17th October 2018
Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA