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2nd May to 2nd August 2015

Benedict Rubbra - 'Eye to Image'

Benedict Rubbra: A Curtain of Rain

The Art Room in partnership with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), Exeter, to be held in Gallery 21.

RAMM is open 10am-5pm, Tues to Sunday.

Benedict Rubbra: Autumn Cry

This is the first major exhibition dedicated to this Devon-based artist’s search for a harmonious relationship between form, colour and light. Paintings and drawings spanning four decades trace the development of his singular technique.

The works all originate from three-dimensional forms constructed from various materials such as paper and card or wire and wood. Vibrant shapes of light are then projected onto these forms creating unexpected spaces and colours, tones and shadows. Changed lighting transforms the object’s appearance allowing the creation of further paintings and drawings from a single form.

Benedict Rubbra: Death of Actaeon,
after Titian

Benedict Rubbra: Morning Birdsong

Benedict Rubbra: Tranquility

“The essential concerns that underlie my work are the cyclical processes that link genesis, decay and regeneration. From early youth to maturity I have been acutely aware of art’s kinship with nature and see all of us as part of the natural cycle and the process of growth."

His publications are: Painting Children, for the Herbert Press 1993, Benedict Rubbra, paintings 1958-1998, published for his sixtieth birthday retrospective exhibition at the Buckinghamshire Art Gallery and County Museum, and Benedict Rubbra Point of Balance, for Halstar publications in 2008. His paintings can be seen in private and public collections in this country and in Italy.

Wednesday 20th May, 1pm-2pm

Lunchtime Lecture

'The Search for Order' - To be held in Gallery 20 at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. £8 (£6 cons).

Bookings: 01392 265858 or

YouTube Video series - number 4

Benedict Rubbra explains his approach: inspired by Florentine renaissance artists, searching for a balance between form, colour and light, using his own unusual technique.

Click HERE for the link to videos 1-4


Benedict Rubbra: Bees and Cornflowers

Benedict Rubbra: Cappella Pazzi

Benedict Rubbra: Homage to Fra Angelico

Benedict Rubbra: Pienza

Born in 1938, Benedict studied at Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex then at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1958 until 1960. After ten years teaching in art schools, he was able to devote all his time to painting. He built his own studio and gallery in the Chiltern Hills, holding exhibitions of his new work every two years.

The core of Benedict’s work since 1980 has centred on developing a process of making three dimensional structures based on ideas principally drawn from the landscape and architecture of the Italian Renaissance. These structures become the starting point for his paintings.

Benedict Rubbra: Saint Jerome and
a Lion, after Carpaccio

Benedict Rubbra: Two Hills

“In mid career, dissatisfied with the conventional ways of depicting space, I began to construct my own three-dimensional forms in which my subconscious and chaotic ideas could develop. These constructions became subjects for me to paint, and through the process of painting them I was able to take control over my chaotic and creative ideas. I had found my personal voice, allowing the cell of an idea to develop as if it had a life of its own. The challenge was to be in control and yet be in a state where the subconscious is given free range.

Wednesday 10th June, 1pm-2pm

Gallery Conversation

The Art Room in partnership with RAMM, to be held in Gallery 21. £8 (£6 cons).

Bookings: 01392 265858 or

Benedict Rubbra: Dancing to a trumpet, after Della Robbia

Benedict Rubbra: Dancing to a trumpet, pencil

Benedict Rubbra: Massacre of the Innocents, after Fra Angelico

Benedict Rubbra: Reassembled Landscape

Benedict Rubbra: Sunlit Tree

He concluded a parallel and successful career in portraiture in 2001 when he moved to Devon. Notable commissions include HRH the Prince of Wales for the Fishmongers’ company, Sir Colin Davis, Lord Hailsham, Lord Simon for BP and Sir Peter Burt for the Bank of Scotland.