Designer Desire: Colin Ruffell

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We’ve mentioned Colin Ruffell, our chosen Designer Desire artist, in the past when we acquired a couple of his original paintings a few years ago. We thought we’d share with you a few more of his artworks.

He has a few, very distinctive styles; abstract modernist, impressionist – however, it’s his naive, Cloisonnism paintings that we love the most – especially the vintage examples. Perhaps because it reminds us of the work of Bernard Buffet.

We couldn’t put it better ourselves, so we thought that we’d allow Ruffell to say a little about himself:

Colin Ruffell was born in 1939, then he was bombed, evacuated, educated, expelled, travelled, repatriated, married, bred, qualified and taught; until in 1965, aged 26, he became a full-time professional artist. Since then he is proud and happy to have survived.

This is the point at which we normally add an image of the artist or designer that we’re featuring. However, we couldn’t resist including the following short film of Ruffell’s cat, Trevor!

His vintage work comes up for auction on occasion; there’s currently a lovely example for sale on Etsy.

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pair of vintage Colin Ruffell oil paintings

We bought these two fabulous paintings at auction recently.

vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing grandfather clock, wooden table with glass decanter & wine glass, red armchair and chest of drawers with gramophone on top

They’re interior scenes with a very distinctive style. Our attention was grabbed from across the large saleroom.

detail from a vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing grandfather clock, wooden table with glass decanter & wine glass, red armchair and chest of drawers with gramophone on top

The items in these room settings don’t scream 1960s/70s, but the style of painting somehow does.

detail from a vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing a wooden table with glass decanter & wine glass and red armchair

The artist is Colin Ruffell. Born in 1939, he has been a professional artist for nearly 50 years and has exhibited all over the world.

vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing dressing Welsh dresser, Windsor chair and wine bottle & glass and oil lamp on a table

We love the composition, colour & tones of these works…

detail of a vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing dressing Welsh dresser, Windsor chair and wine bottle & glass and oil lamp on a table

…also the textural quality with the bold application of paint.

detail of a vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing Windsor chair and wine bottle & glass and oil lamp on a table

Don’t you just love the bottle & glass – or the plates on the dresser?

detail of a vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing plates on a Welsh dresser

The artist is still working today and we’ve been perusing his website recently. There are originals, printsbooks too.

detail of a vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing the artist's signature

We’re still drawn to his still lives with their naive style, but also love his impressionist depictions of London & Brighton.