About Ru


Ru Knox is an English artist who had an extensive classical training at one of the most prestigious ateliers in the world. He has spent years as a professional classical portraitist, fulfilling private commissions and exhibiting both in the UK and abroad and he has had much success in international competitions.

Ru combines 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 whilst working towards an MA in Fine Art at City and Guilds. His work now is 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.


Recent Exhibitions


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

‘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 and Guilds
14th - 16th March, 2019
124 Kennington Park Road, London

‘#Unmissable’ at 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’
20th - 25th November, 2018
Old Brompton Gallery London SW5 ODE

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

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