For as long as I can remember, art has been a part of my life. I remember my dad's art studio full of canvases, most paintings unfinished. The smell of timber, oil paints and turpentine. Mum would comment - "he will never finish those". Besides painting canvases, dad also painted the inside walls of beautiful homes. He even painted mosaic patterns inside of Gaudi's Casa Batllo in Barcelona. Just like dad, my painting journey started by painting on walls. Unlike dad, I wasn't paid for it, or have permission.
Fast forward a couple of years and a few more, I now know that an artist never really finishes a painting. So as always, mum was right. Instead, an artist will just stop painting and call the painting finished.
I now love to lose all track of time in the process of creating a new art piece. Obsessing over every single part of the design process and every section of the canvas. Until it looks good enough to say it's complete. The end result being lovely little stories open to be discovered and interpreted according to each person’s context and creativity. My favourite part, and also the most intimidating, is the vulnerability in sharing my work, and putting it out there to complete someone’s happy space.
I hope you enjoy browsing through my collection of unfinished paintings just as much as I've enjoyed creating them.
ruth crespo hernandez
October 12, 2018 | Last Line of Defence (group exhibition / charity auction for Sea Shepherd Australia) | Besser Space. 15- 25 Keele Street, Collingwood.
July 1, 2018 onwards | Catalyst x Monochrome (solo exhibition) | Bytes of Northcote. 74 High St, Northcote.
July 15 - September 1, 2016 | KIT AND ACE x RCH Art (solo/featured resident artist) | 161 Gertrude St, Fitzroy.
June 16 - 17, 2016 | YGAP's Art For Change (g
roup/silent auction/fundraiser) | 111 Swan St, Richmond.
May 5, 2016 | Bridge 38 Gallery (group exhibition) | 38 Bridge Road, Richmond.
October 29 - November 26, 2015 | Colours Of Melbourne Exhibition (group) | Waterfront Gallery. 100 Lorimer St, Docklands.
July 9, 2015 | Magnus 600 (group) | Off The Kerb Gallery. 66B Johnston St, Collingwood.
July 1, 2015 | YGAP's Art For Change (group/silent auction/fundraiser) | JCP Studios. 51/57 Cubitt St, Cremorne.
June 3 - 5, 2015 | Non-Surgical Symposium 2015 (solo/live painting/ charity silent auction for Think Pink Foundation) | Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, South Wharf.
March 21, 2015 | TLC For Kids Black Tie Dinner (silent auction/fundraiser) | Carousel. 22 Aughtie Dr, Albert Park.