Contemporary Art
Ruth Killoran


Ruth Killoran is a full time painter and sculptor living in Christchurch.

She is an elected executive member of Arts Canterbury and volunteer at COCA (The Centre of Contemporary Art) in Christchurch

Ruth was born and lived her formative years in Liverpool, UK, attending Liverpool Art College for 2 years and then completing a BA(Hons) in 3D design at Teesside University.

She worked as a commercial interior designer in and around the London area before moving to New Zealand in 2006.

    Painting on beach Abel Tasman
1981-1982 TBID (Technician of the British Institute of Interior Design) Liverpool College of Art UK
1983-1985 BA(Hons) in 3 Dimensional Design Teesside University UK
1986-2005 Commercial interior designer for large corporate UK companies
2006 Emigrated to New Zealand
2007 Began to carve New Zealand stone
2008 Began selling work at Christchurch Arts Centre
2009 Began to exhibit sculptures and paintings throughout New Zealand

Ruth has always liked to interpret the way she feels through drawing and painting.

Coming to live in New Zealand introduced her to sculpting stone which was a revelation and a whole new world opened up for her creativity..

She loves the spontaneity of painting, letting the flow of paint dictate the forms that gradually emerge.

Stone carving evolves in a similar manner, taking pleasure in creating flowing lines and shadows, hoping to create an emotional connection with the viewer.

Ruth is gaining a reputation for producing intriguing, original work and exhibits regularly in New Zealand, winning awards here and overseas.