Ruth Howes

Working with an absolute economy of materials (paper and blade) Ruth has papercut catalogues of architecture, local and London based. All produced with an extraordinary intricacy of hand-cutting.

Ruth studied Sculpture on the Fine Art course at Norwich School of Art graduating in 2000. Post studies and navigating working more commercially in London, Ruth was commissioned for illustrations and painting, before arriving at papercutting.
Large hand cut pieces playing with floor plans of government buildings and stately homes evolved from architectural studies. Exploring dimensions with additions of tiny people inhabiting and interpreting their environment. Her work finely balances ‘technical’ and ‘invention’; acute and whimsical in one.
Emerging from this period is a collection of three dimensional works; paper made sculpture and multilayered framed pieces. Repetition and rhythm, balance and tension in natural and man made spaces play out in these new abstracted worlds.
Ruth cites the following as some of her influences (in no particular order); LS Lowery, Fausto Melotti, Sarah Ball, Claudio Onorato, John Pedder, Alexander Calder, David Smith, Emma Hopkins, Franz Klein, Wilfrid Wood, Arshile Gorky and Wes Anderson. There are many more but these all feel very relevant at the moment.
Ruth was born in Norwich, lived in London for some fun years before returning to Norfolk in 2011 where she lives with her family, and works in a tiny, gloriously bright workroom.  


2021   Houghton Hall / Rock Scissors Paper Group show with Contemporary and Country
2020  Houghton Hall / A Fine Balance  Group show with Contemporary and Country
2019  Houghton Hall / Festival Group show with Norfolk By Design (now Contemporary and Country)
2018  Houghton Hall  / Pop Up Shop Group show with Norfolk By Design (now Contemporary and Country)