Recto/Verso is an exhibition of illustrations and paintings by one of the UK’s current young and exciting artist, Stuart Ruel. his first solo show will exhibit a painted mural designed specifically for the exhibition, a collection of new illustrations, together with an intimate look into the artist’s sketchbook.

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‘Recto’ and ‘Verso’ meaning the front and back of pages respectively, and in Stuart’s case that have come to build a wealth of work documenting muses, concepts, practices, rants and neuroses. In doing so Stuart has built an on-going narrative where each mark and note is relevant to a time, place and stimulus, spanning over the course of four years and has ultimately become the cornerstone of his artwork.

My sketchbooks have become a valuable tool for me, a place where I can retreat to and in what might in fact be the only conclusive proof that I have actually existed’. Stuart Ruel

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With a visual language of literary and musical reference, each piece serves as a milestone, reminder or resolution. Themes of mortality, love and the sublime are ever current as a reminder of the fallible nature of the human condition. His mixing of analogue and digital media echoes his affinity for the bygone eras as well as embracing the modern.

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