"My recent work has continued my exploration of the themes of past and present, memory and intimacy, and the suggestion of human presence and absence through the representation of fabric. Fabric is at the same time personal and universal. We are inextricably tied to it from our first cry to our last breath. And in addition to its ability to cover and protect, fabric is also used to honour and enshrine, conceal and reveal, and to convey symbolic and spiritual messages. This dual ability to convey both the practical and symbolic attests to its integral role in the human condition, and continues to provide inspiration for my work."

Ruth studied painting and drawing at Artstation, completing several short-term classes, and three year-long painting courses with Matthew Browne and Kathryn Stevens. She has been exhibiting since 2004, and has work included in the Wallace Arts Trust collection, and the Imago Mundi Benetton World Art Collection in Treviso, Italy. 
 Ruth Phipps lives in Auckland, New Zealand, and paints at her studio at Railway Street Studios, in Newmarket. She is represented in Auckland and in Wellington by Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art.

Finalist — 2016 Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards

Baradene College Art Show, invited artist, May 2016

Resident Artists' Work, Summer Exhibition, Railway Street Galleries, Dec 2015-Jan2016
Solo Show, Material Witness, Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art, July,August 2014
Joint Show, Still, Railway Street Studios, October 2012

Solo Show, Revealed, Lonely Dog Gallery, Britomart, Auckland, September 2012
Group Show, Soul Mining, Railway Street Studios, Newmarket, August 2012
Group Show, Works on Paper, Newmarket, May 2012
Group Show, Railway Street Studios, Newmarket, February 2012

Grace Joel Art Showcase, May 2011
The Art Trail, Ellerslie, Invitation exhibition, August 2011
St Heliers Celebration of Art, Invitation exhibition, August 2011
Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art, Wellington, Christmas Group Show, December 2011
Group Show, Painter's Studio, Artstation, Ponsonby, Auckland, December 2011

Grace Joel Artshowcase, May 2010
The Original Art Sale, June 2010
The Art Trail, Ellerslie, Invitation exhibition, July 2010
Taking Art to Ellerlie, July 2010
St Heliers Celebration of Art, Invitation exhibition, August 2010
Painters Progress 2010 exhibition, Artstation Nov 2010

Grace Joel Artshowcase, St Heliers, 2009
Baradene College Art Exhibition, 2009
Auckland East Arts Council, Eastridge, June 2009
Taking Arts to Ellerslie, July 2009
St Heliers Celebration of Art, Invitation exhibition, August 2009
The New Zealand Art Sale, Alexandra Park, October 2009

McLeans College Art Exhibition, 2006
Taking Art to Ellerslie, Auckland East Arts Council, 2006
Baradene College Art Exhibition, 2006
Auckland East Arts Council, Eastridge, 2006
Remuera Festival of Wine, Food and Art, 2006
Celebration of Art, St Mary, 2006

McLeans College Art Exhibition, 2005
Baradene Art Exhibition, 2005

McLeans College Art Exhibition, 2004
CCC Howick Art Exhibition, 2004
Te tuhi the mark Student Exhibition, 2004