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In the Art Gallery:
Eduardo Carillo Prize-Winner
Phe Ruiz

 


Phe Ruiz, Playmates, 2003.
Oil on canvas, 50 x 50 inches. Courtesy of  the artist and Fredrick Spratt Gallery.

 

 


Phe Ruiz, Inside, 2002.
Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the  artist and Fredrick Spratt Gallery.

 

 


Phe Ruiz, Statesman, 2003.
Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of
the artist and Fredrick Spratt Gallery.

 


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San Francisco-based Artist Phe Ruiz could teach writers a thing or two about discipline. Ruiz, who recently was named the first recipient of the Eduardo Carrillo Prize in Painting, creates her canvasses by “painting for ten days straight, then sitting still for one day to refuel before beginning the process again,” according to The San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA).

SJMA and Museo Eduardo Carrillo jointly announced the $10,000 prize, which honors the contribution of Muralist Eduardo Carillo to contemporary art. The new annual award is intended to help emerging or under-recognized painters pursue their art.

Ruiz has shown her work at the contemporary art space MACLA and the Frederick Spratt Gallery, both in San Jose, CA. In notes for a 2002 show, the Frederick Spratt Gallery wrote that Ruiz "adheres to a daily regimen of painting, and when her month's supply of oil paint and canvas run out she lays crayon and gouache to paper until she can replenish her paint supply and begin again."

Ruiz herself terms her work rooted in "expression and feeling." A reviewer once dubbed her method "stream-of-consciousness painting" and likened it to a writer's act of keeping a journal. "It is a rush toward channeling the unedited inner voice directly through the action of putting pigment on canvas."

 

 
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