Meditations on light


Sacrament, Ruth Phipps 2012

Oil on canvas, 600mm x 1100mm


I love people!  Some of my best friends are people…


but seriously, it’s a truly wonderful thing, this ‘being’ – I believe life is sacred, and it’s fleeting.

Fabric is inextricably connected with every moment of human life, and  in my paintings I explore this connection.

Life nurtured: the moment we are born we are wrapped and swaddled

Life celebrated: we mark life’s most important events with special fabrics

Life ended: the shroud bestows dignity and marks our respect


you may have heard this Maori proverb, it’s my favourite

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!



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  1. awesome! Nice! Cool pomposition and colours, I’m a painter from Russia,
    we are creating a gallery to sell paintings! Visit us! Join us! Thanks.


  2. ruthphipps

     /  November 23, 2012

    thanks Gusev, and good luck with the gallery



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