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When we first came across the paintings and prints of London based artist, Ruby Bateman, who graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2020, we were instantly captivated by the renaissance references she so masterfully brings to a modern landscape, via contemporary patterns and motifs, and a muted colour palette injected with pastel brushstrokes and the luscious green tones of countryside yearnings. Having exhibited in several exciting independent galleries throughout her time since graduating, as well as running successful drawing workshops for local businesses and universities and acting as the head tutor of Life Drawing for Nude Life, Ruby manages to balance her individual pursuits with a more holistic approach to art by giving something of her skill and knowledge back to her community. We knew instantly that this was an individual we needed to introduce to Hai Society, so you can join us in basking in the innate feminine beauty and emotion of this artists body of work.

Ruby chatted to us over a very special life drawing session with her brown Puff Gina and shared a little more of her influences, interests and favourite spots to shop and eat in the UK...

Hi *Hai* Ruby!

Hello!

Can you tell us (or show us) what do you do?

I make richly colourful and symbolic visual languages about motherhood, often painting on my bedroom floor, or drawing in ink. There's alway a cup of pukka tea in tow.

Where do you call home?

I live in Stoke Newington, London. As much as I love living in the fray of the big smoke, my heart is definitely in the countryside... somewhere hilly and green.

What are the biggest inspirations to your work?

I absolutely love William Blake, his influence has been with me right from the beginning as a teenager. His poetic language and drama never fails to excite me. Other long standing loves have been Matisse, Jean Cocteau and the Charleston House artists, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. I always go to them for colour palettes and line work inspiration. Conceptually I am inspired by motherhood, my mother(s) and feminist authors and theorists such as Adrienne Rich and Rachel Cusk.

Dogs or cats?

Has to be cats. Sorry dog lovers (my boyfriend).

Can you recall your dream job as a child?

Luckily I am living my dream job. I have always wanted to be 'an artist and a Mummy' - motherhood tbc...!

Important question, lipstick or lipgloss?

Lipstick, definitely.

A film that you could watch every day and never get tired of?

People who know me best will understand how much of a period drama addict I am. Far From The Madding Crowd, Little Women and Pride and Prejudice - sorry I can't decide on just one!

Favourite restaurant in the world?

I love Oak, this lovely seasonal English restaurant in Bath. I would also just go to sit next to their beautiful piles of organic veg and dried flowers.

Who would play you in the movie about your life? 

If Saoirse Ronan could play me, I'd be very happy, she's such a powerhouse of an actor. A correct representation of my life would be talking about star signs 10 times a day, obsessing about homeware and scenic shots of me failing at crow pose.

What’s your most treasured possession?

Maybe my first big painting, I know I could never sell her, she marks a very bold and transformative time in my life.

Favourite vintage/second hand store in the world?

Wolf and Gypsy Vintage in Brighton

If you had to eat one breakfast food for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

I think I am already doing that... porridge! What I love doing is poaching apples with cinnamon, bay leaves, cardamom and vanilla and stirring in oats with toasted almonds and chia seeds. Porridge is always a glamorous affair for me.

What was your high (hai) of 2021?

Falling in love again.

Where are you going to take your Hai next?

To a National Trust house. I love walking around the incredible heritage sites we have in the UK. It's where I often get creative rest and inspiration, all the classical paintings and architectural motifs. I also love the feeling of escaping to another time, I'm sure my Hai bag will feel the same!



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Hi *Hai* Ruby!

Hello!

Can you tell us (or show us) what do you do?

I make richly colourful and symbolic visual languages about motherhood, often painting on my bedroom floor, or drawing in ink. There's alway a cup of pukka tea in tow.

Where do you call home?

I live in Stoke Newington, London. As much as I love living in the fray of the big smoke, my heart is definitely in the countryside... somewhere hilly and green.

What are the biggest inspirations to your work?

I absolutely love William Blake, his influence has been with me right from the beginning as a teenager. His poetic language and drama never fails to excite me. Other long standing loves have been Matisse, Jean Cocteau and the Charleston House artists, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. I always go to them for colour palettes and line work inspiration. Conceptually I am inspired by motherhood, my mother(s) and feminist authors and theorists such as Adrienne Rich and Rachel Cusk.

Dogs or cats?

Has to be cats. Sorry dog lovers (my boyfriend).

Can you recall your dream job as a child?

Luckily I am living my dream job. I have always wanted to be 'an artist and a Mummy' - motherhood tbc...!

Important question, lipstick or lipgloss?

Lipstick, definitely.

A film that you could watch every day and never get tired of?

People who know me best will understand how much of a period drama addict I am. Far From The Madding Crowd, Little Women and Pride and Prejudice - sorry I can't decide on just one!

Favourite restaurant in the world?

I love Oak, this lovely seasonal English restaurant in Bath. I would also just go to sit next to their beautiful piles of organic veg and dried flowers.

Who would play you in the movie about your life? 

If Saoirse Ronan could play me, I'd be very happy, she's such a powerhouse of an actor. A correct representation of my life would be talking about star signs 10 times a day, obsessing about homeware and scenic shots of me failing at crow pose.

What’s your most treasured possession?

Maybe my first big painting, I know I could never sell her, she marks a very bold and transformative time in my life.

Favourite vintage/second hand store in the world?

Wolf and Gypsy Vintage in Brighton

If you had to eat one breakfast food for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

I think I am already doing that... porridge! What I love doing is poaching apples with cinnamon, bay leaves, cardamom and vanilla and stirring in oats with toasted almonds and chia seeds. Porridge is always a glamorous affair for me.

What was your high (hai) of 2021?

Falling in love again.

Where are you going to take your Hai next?

To a National Trust house. I love walking around the incredible heritage sites we have in the UK. It's where I often get creative rest and inspiration, all the classical paintings and architectural motifs. I also love the feeling of escaping to another time, I'm sure my Hai bag will feel the same!



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